Fire Index: Poems (Paperback)

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Fire Index: Poems (Paperback)


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Fire Index measures the interior life of a survivor against the world she creates through her own fractured marriage, motherhood, and religion. Told in fragments, using hybrid and persona, Breitland confronts the trauma of her brother’s death, her father’s abuse, and the complicated relationships to her sister, mother, and womanhood. She reckons with her complicit, and often dishonest life, and how walking out from the burning construct demands her full attention, forgiveness, responsibility.
Bethany Breitland was born in northern Indiana. Her people are cult members, truckers, doctors, child-mothers, and business tycoons. She has lived, studied, and taught on the West Coast, the South, and New England. Breitland earned her undergrad degree from Pepperdine University, and her MFA from Vermont College. As an educator and activist, she has worked for over 20 years concerning women’s rights and the LGBTQ community. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize, recipient of various poetry prizes, this is her first full length book of poems. She lives with her children and her partner in Vermont
Product Details ISBN: 9798987070796
Publisher: Green Writers Press
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Pages: 90
Language: English
“Fire Index is an exploration beneath the many layers of truth, time, memory and so many other factors that is the stuff that sometimes makes life too hot to sit with.” —Shanta Lee, final judge, author of GHETTOCLAUSTROPHBIA

“Fiercely rooted by love and brutal devotion, I was completely stunned and devastated by Bethany Breitland’s debut collection, Fire Index. This collection lives somewhere between the real and the imaginary, the only place where a vulnerable young woman could exist as she details the work of intimacy, trauma, and the complex emotional landscape of family wounds. Rendered with deep beauty as it lives alongside despair, I was knocked over by Breitland’s lyric exploration that ultimately leads toward liberation, a figure smouldering but free. Fire Index reveals a truly brilliant mind and heart at work.” —Tina Chang, Poet Laureate of Brooklyn, author of Hybrida

“Bethany Breitland has penned one of the most surprisingly brutal and yet beautiful books of poems I have read in decades." —Sean Thomas Dougherty, author of The Day Every Day Is