As If Anything Can Happen
Alison Townsend, Pushcart Prize winning author of The Blue Dress and Persephone in America, selected for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Award
This collection's title perfectly captures the paradoxical ambiguity of these alternately wry and tender lyric poems, whose characters seem to fear and hope in equal measure, hinting at a salving sense of irony which finds humor in humanity, even amidst the emotion of sudden traumatic loss: "this stranger in my mother's/body, wearing what my mother never wore, and certainly never / would be caught dead in." Rasma Haidri explores a fraught family history with an inspiring combination of compassion, grace, and gratitude.
April Ossmann, winner of a Prairie Schooner Readers' Choice and Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant Awards, and author of Event Boundaries and Anxious Music
Rasma Haidri's poems beckon the reader in with their shared human subject-matter and warmth, yet have an edge of strangeness that makes them more complex and questioning than they might at first seem. Reading As if Anything Can Happen is an unusual and rewarding experience.
Susan Wicks, author of The Months and The Clever Daughter, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and Forward Best Collection Prizes, and winner of the Scott Moncrieff and Oxford-Weidenfield Translation Prizes
- Paperback | 66 pages
- 152 x 229 x 4mm | 100g
- 16 Aug 2017
- KELSAY BOOKS