To See Who's There

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About the author:
Nonnie Augustine's first collection of poems, "One Day Tells its Tale to Another" was chosen by Kirkus Review as one of the "Best of Indie 2013," and she won the 16th Glass Woman prize in 2014 for her prose poem "All is Ready." Her poetry and prose have appeared in PANK, The Amsterdam Quarterly, Tupelo Press, Salomé, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Mad Hatter's Review, The Linnet's Wings, Southern Hum, 2paragraphs, Mojave River Journal, The Olentangy Review, Blue Fifth Review Quarterly, and Great Jones Street. She edited poetry for The Linnet's Wings, who published her first book (Ireland, 2012) from 2007 until spring, 2014. Former lives: professional dancer with a B.F.A. from The Juilliard School; teacher for children with emotional disturbances and learning disabilities in Florida, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

"As this stunning collection explores Nonnie Augustine's familial history, so many issues that resonate with us today come to the forefront: race and erasure; women's rights and redactions; class strife and class climbs. Through the detailing of the physical act of dancing, the abstract sense of family connection shines through because readers intuit that dancing is not only what one does, but also how one can embody lineage. Building on the strengths of specificity, character creation, and the use of forms, this book resounds with readers and their own lineages, whatever they may be."

Charlotte Pence, author of Many Small Fires

To See Who's There

Authored by Nonnie Augustine
Edition: 1

To See Who’s There is a collection of poems and short prose pieces largely based on Nonnie Augustine’s research into her family history. In this book you will read about Irish, German, Spanish and French immigrants to Canada and America and about ancestral lives lived in the old world. She pairs dry facts gleaned from historical documents with the human voices of ancestors dead for centuries using various poetic forms or prose structures. There are glimpses at beggars, royals, farmers, carpenters, musicians, one sonneteer and one Loup-garou. Ms. Augustine believes that we are all family and among the people of the past in these pages are imagined “cousins” living during more recent decades or present settings. She also writes in her own voice about her own experiences, knowing that she belongs in the midst of the men, women, and children she has tried to reveal. Emily Dickinson wrote “The moon-slides down the stair—To see who’s there!” And so do we.

Publication Date:
1545137943 / 9781545137949
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Poetry / General

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