In the Current Where Drowning Is Beautiful
Published by: Wesleyan University Press
Sales Date: 2022-11-01
Published: November 2022
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Page Count: 104 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 8.90
104 Pages, 6.00 x 8.90 x 0.40 in
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In the Current Where Drowning Is Beautiful is a meditation on water, land, women, and violent environmental changes as they affect both the natural world and human migration. The poet reckons with the unsettling realities that women experience, questioning the cause and effect of events and asking why stories of oppression are so often simply accepted as the only stories. Alutiiq language is used throughout these poems that are in conversation with history, ancestors, and an uncertain future, in imagery that moves in waves, returning again and again to the ocean, and a deep visioning of the "current."
Excerpt from IN THE FIELD
They asked me if I was a citizen.
They wanted to know what I had seen/
I had heard/
this was only a test:
Look at the mark and tell them what you see.
"Current is a deeply challenging work, whose layers, when peeled back, reveal the intersection of past and present?how oppression and violence are still just as mythic in their proportions now as they have ever been."?Krysia Wazny McClain, Colorado Review
"...in this remarkable collection, Chabitnoy shows ways of subverting hegemonic structures in language, text, body, and land?vital, necessary ways that make it possible to find and reclaim voice and life itself."?Lucien Darjeun Meadows, Seneca Review