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In the Museum of Surrender, by Jeri Theriault
In the Museum of Surrender is the winner of our 2013 Chapbook Contest.
Jeri Theriault has two previous chapbooks: Catholic (Pudding House, 2002) and Corn Dance (Nightshade Press, 1994); her poems have appeared in many journals (The Atlanta Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Paterson Literary Review, Rattle) and anthologies (French Connections: An Anthology of Poetry by Franco-Americans, Orpheus and Company, Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology and The Return of Kral Majales, Prague’s International Literary Renaissance 1990-2010). A Fulbright recipient (1998-99) and Pushcart Prize nominee (2006), Jeri holds an MFA from Vermont College. She lives in Portland, Maine where she currently teaches in the English Department at the Waynflete School.
Praise for In The Museum of Surrender
“As we move through the museum of surrender—the rooms of loss, of grief, the poet gives us resilience, joy, and roots reaching “deep/into the dark”. . . and we want to be there when she sings her songs of strength and beauty, songs of life, songs for the living.”
—Gary Lawless, co-owner, Gulf of Maine Books; author of Caribouddhism and In Ruins
“Sit and listen, you can hear the wind blowing through the poems, longing. The future being drawn, defined. Doors close and the words become energy. A fox waits for your eyes to see. Renewal, rain cleansed, rejuvenation; resolve—a question and answer. Raw, rational, rationale. Dare to enter this world of sublime impressions.”
—Rhea Côté Robbins, author of ‘down the Plains’ and Wednesday’s Child
“This book recognizes the broken pieces our lives can’t help but become, but it renders each broken piece more beautiful. We get Ariadne’s side of the myth, enter the museum of surrender with its room full of hands, its entire floor of hearts; we pore over a box of yellowed paper resonant with history, Memere’s First Communion note, Aunt Bern’s tourtiere recipe. A love of language and a courageous embrace of life shine through all these poems.”
—Chris Bursk, author of nine books of poetry, including The First Inhabitants of Arcadia and The Improbable Swervings of Atoms