Winner of the 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award. Ellen Rachlin’s new book is intriguing, ingenious, and deftly wrought, a delight to the mind and the spirit. About it, Elise Paschen has said, “In her stunning new book, Ellen Rachlin explores, as if from a philosopher’s point of view, the world around her.” Molly Peacock adds, “In her splendid fourth collection, poet Ellen Rachlin explores what she calls the ‘Permeable Divide’ — the breach between living and a loved one lost to death, the gap between confidence and hesitation, the gulf between banking and art, and perhaps most devastatingly, the chasm between freedom and habit.”
In her first full-length poetry collection, Ellen Rachlin displays a wit, minimalism and passion for particulars reminiscent of Marianne Moore. Always behind the reticence of these sometimes playful, sometimes anguished poems is a passion for honesty and for a life in which the sensual cohabits with the cerebral. In Rachlin's verse, Marjory Wentworth finds objects and landscapes [that] seem suddenly brilliant and suffused with meaning we had never considered. Read full description here.
Published in 2009 by Antrim House.
Chapbook, published in the United Kingdom by Flarestack Publishing, 2009.