Chapbook Pre-sale: Grief Is the Only Thing That Flies

Pre-order Sale! Free shipping until March 15th. Order here:

Keel Hybrid Chapbook Winner
Laura Wetherington
publisher: Bateau Press
pub date: 3/15/2018
price: $12.00 plus shipping


“As Juliana Spahr suggests eco-poets ought do, Wetherington includes a bulldozer when she mentions a bird: there is mourning paired with wit, compassion with rage. This book of epistles and mistranslations, built utterly of the moment—and created out of hope, intimacy, inclusivity, and radical plans for loving and bettering the world—is exactly the remedy needed when things feel (as they often do right now) dire. ‘I am so lonesome I could split,’ Wetherington writes, but at its enormous heart, Grief Is the Only Thing that Flies is a book of companionships real and imagined, bruised and bountiful, complicit and queer and complex. It will keep you good company.” —Arielle Greenberg, contest judge

In 2016 I was pregnant, and that had me thinking a lot about love and childhood. I miscarried just weeks before the presidential election, which braided the private and public grief together. The resulting poems—Jack Spicer-esque love letters to queer writers—appear in this chapbook alongside fake translations of French poets ranging from Liliane Giraudon to Jean-Marie Gleize to Vénus Khoury-Ghata to Paul Verlaine.

This book maps failures: failed translations, the failure of language, failures of the body and political failures.


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Arielle Greenberg Selects Grief Is the Only Thing That Flies

from Bateau Press’s website:

“Bateau is happy to announce the winner of the 2017 KEEL Chapbook Contest:  Grief is the Only Thing that Flies by Laura Wetherington.

Final judge, Arielle Greenberg, loved all the manuscripts but she felt Grief  ‘was the one that felt most urgent, most engaged in the current political moment, most in conversation with a larger community… I really loved it a lot.

Grief is the Only Thing that Flies will be published by Bateau Press in March of 2018.”

Bateau Press Announces the Finalists for the Keel Chapbook Competition

Bateau Press has named my chapbook one of nine finalists for their Keel Chapbook competition! Here’s the full list:

Grief is the Only Thing that Flies Laura Wetherington
Panic Dance Tara Roeder
Coma of the Comet Caroline Cabrera
Sparrow Pie Katie Quinnelly
The Parachutist Joe Fletcher
Dreambreath Kate Haake
Premium Brawn Spencer Silverthorne
No Good for Digging Dustin Hoffman
Paris By Night Kevin Tosca

Bateau Press is run by the good folks at the College of the Atlantic. Thanks to faculty advisor Dan Mahoney and all the student editors!

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