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The Lumberjack’s Dove Launch Party & Reading
About the Book:
“A boldly original and visceral debut collection from the winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series Competition, selected by Louise Gluck.
In the ingenious and vividly imagined narrative poem The Lumberjack’s Dove, GennaRose Nethercott describes a lumberjack who cuts his hand off with an axe—however, instead of merely being severed, the hand shapeshifts into a dove. Far from representing just an event of pain and loss in the body, this incident spirals outward to explore countless facets of being human, prompting profound reflections on sacrifice and longing, time and memory, and—finally—considering the act of storytelling itself. The lumberjack, his hand, and the axe that separated the two all become participants in the story, with unique perspectives to share and lessons to impart. “I taught your fathers how to love,” Axe says to the acorns and leaves around her. “I mean to be felled, sliced to lumber, & reassembled into a new body.”
Inflected with the uncanny enchantment of modern folklore and animated by the sly shifting of points-of-view, The Lumberjack’s Dove is wise, richly textured poetry from a boundlessly creative new voice.”
About the Author:
GennaRose Nethercott is the author of The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2018), selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series. She is also lyricist behind the narrative song collection Modern Ballads, and she has toured nationally and internationally composing poems-to-order for strangers on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter. Born in Vermont and based in Somerville, MA and New Orleans, she has lived in many cities across the US and Europe, but is always drawn back to the forest.