First Book Award Winner 2010 selected by Claudia Rankine
74 pages, 6 x 9″ paper, trade
Kore Press presents new poetry from Georgia author Laura Newbern. Pulitzer prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey praises Newbern’s work as a “lovely first collection. . . a chronicle of the observations of a self in solitude. . . taking in the world in wonder-a transformative vision in which beauty is evident everywhere.” She describes these poems as “a quiet grief like the dark edge of a cloud or field: ever-present and capable of making one who loves love harder.”
“One leans into the beauty of this collection because of all the ways it does not settle down, because of all the ways it insists on seeing.”
Laura Newbern, an Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing at Georgia College & State University since 2005, teaches graduate and undergraduate poetry workshops, poetics, and other Creative Writing and literature courses. Laura is also the Poetry Editor ofArts & Letters.
She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Laura returned to Warren Wilson when she was awarded their first Joan Beebe Graduate Teaching Fellowship. Laura also holds an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from New York University, and she earned her B.A. at Barnard College at Columbia University. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Oxford American, TriQuarterly, and Stand (U.K.), and in the anthologies Best New Poets 2007 and Urban Nature.
Excerpt from Love and the Eye:
“What is a child but dark.
What is a child, if not a pocket of dark.
A lark flew through the word and so
I loved it, when I was no more than a blot in it: dark.
Make me a promise: never grow out of the dark
you are. Keep off the light; bring me a thought on the dark.”