Prose poetry by Elaine Bleakney
“For Another Writing Back extends to strangers and creatures the same quizzical care we extend to those we love; it gives us a way of seeing that is very close to listening. Part reverie, part reflection, these lyric sequences examine childhood, 9/11, the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, giving birth, the dailyness of marriage, family gatherings, friends living with cancer, a lizard come into the house to die—all with a distinctive, intimate quiet. Attentive to what separates us and to what unexpectedly draw us close, Bleakney’s vision expresses, in the most stunning terms, not only the depth of our inwardness, but how we might seek shelter in one another.” —Joanna Klink
Elaine Bleakney is author of the chapbook 20 Paintings by Laura Owens (Poor Claudia, 2013). Her poetry and prose have appeared in At Length, American Poetry Review, Verse Daily, The Volta, and other publications. She is an art editor for At Length, and the editor of the anthology Poem In Your Pocket. A native of Arizona, she was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and now lives in Asheville, North Carolina.