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ISBN: 978-1-62557-971-3
Categories Poetry

All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned

Publication Date: June 2017


Poems in Erica Wright’s virtuosic new collection, All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned, have an almost subliminal force. We read them with feline attention, hungering after each line’s fugitive beauty. These poems capture the quicksilver of inspiration, and hold it steady, the way a hummingbird seems motionless sipping from the bud.

–Gregory Pardlo

You don’t need psychedelics or hypnosis. You don’t need a shaman or any divine intervention. If it’s a trip you’re looking for, try Erica Wright’s All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned. This is a book that warps the America we know into a mesmerizing weirdness. It scintillates the ordinary. Wright’s lyricism, the fantastic juxtapositions in her diction and imagery all give us an alternate vision of our national moment. Equal parts surreal, sinister, and sincere, this is a place you definitely want to visit. It might just be the kind of place you need to live in.

–Jaswinder Bolina

About the Author

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Erica Wright

Erica Wright is the author of two poetry collections, Instructions for Killing the Jackal and All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned. She was the Poetry Editor at Guernica Magazine for more than a decade. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, New Orleans Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her latest book is a collection of essays, Snake, for Bloomsbury's Object Lessons series.

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