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ISBN: 978-1-73233-404-5
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Categories Chapbooks, Nomadic, Poetry


Publication Date: September 2018


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In June of 2023, Black Lawrence Press welcomed numerous existing and forthcoming Nomadic Press titles to our catalogue. Adaptations was originally published by Nomadic.

Adaptations is an exercise in envisioning the worst case scenario and asking, “What next?” It explores concepts of alienation and survival in a world that’s largely inhospitable, and what it means to be human once traditional mechanisms of control and safety cease to exist.


Whether we like it or not, we are shaped to some large degree by our environment, manufactured in its grit and flame, infused by its wildness, synthetic or natural. Emily Pinkerton’s Adaptations bracingly engages with this indifferent reality-not as a way of coming to an acceptance but as an attempt to understand the impetus for transcendence.
Oscar Villalon, Editor of ZYZZYVA

Adaptations is a fistfight between a memoirist and a cartographer, a place and a memory. A sister of sorts to 2016’s Natural Disasters, the chapbook is Emily Pinkerton at her best: a series of microcosms that are vivid, bleak beautiful. In ruins and yet always in motion. In “Dead Reckoning,” Pinkerton writes, “the directions are in me, like instinct / like bones” and later in “Sense of Direction,” “whether we die in the desert or the woods… we move forward.” Throughout Adaptations, time passes, winds whip, snow blankets, dust stings and above all, a heart beats, wildly.
Sonya Vatomsky, author of And the Whale (2019)

About the Author

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Emily Pinkerton

Emily Pinkerton lives and writes in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds an MFA from San Francisco State University, and her writing has previously appeared in PomeZYZZYVAJukedBlazeVOXFoglifter, and Berkeley Poetry Review, among others. Emily is the author of two previous chapbooks: Natural Disasters (Hermeneutic Chaos Press, 2016), and Bloom (Alley Cat Press, 2018). Her full-length collection, All Hazards, was recently selected as a finalist for the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Emily has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Winter Tangerine, The Writers Grotto and Alley Cat Books in the USA as well as international artist-in-residence positions from USF Verftet in Bergen, Norway and at GCA in Bern, Switzerland.

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