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Finishing Line Press will release Elizabeth Robin's debut poetry chapbook, Silk Purses and Lemonade, February 24. Press release and further details will follow in an email.
Silk Purses and Lemonade emerges from a comment that Robin “start seeing the glass as half full.” Turbulent months watching her brother fight and succumb to acute myeloid leukemia makes this difficult. A world callous to the challenges faced by refugees, a sensitive ecosystem, true democracy and human rights, teases at her ability to find hope. And yet, she does, in poems that mark a journey through a tangle of grief, loss, and witness. Here she offers a steadfast belief in human will, the integrity to shed pasts and persevere through that jungle.
Elizabeth Robin’s Silk Purses and Lemonade marks her journey to “see the glass as half full” when a tangle of grief and loss might drown her instead. This small book of poems offers a glimpse at a survivor who rides out personal and societal turbulence, and perseveres. Its scheduled release date is February 24, 2017. Book talks and signings will begin March 28 with a date at Common Grounds Coffeehouse in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Says reviewer Dr. Mary Moore, Professor Emeritus, Marshall University, “‘Maybe if I shave my legs spring will come’ opens Robin’s poem “Silk Purses,” a line that suggests the way this collection voices both the mundane and grander concerns of our lives, sometimes with a sly irony. This silk purse is capacious . . . And, while ‘Winter’s a poor time to become a widow,’ we do not disbelieve this speaker when she says ‘I am John Wayne’ because this collection’s voice encompasses several kinds of loss with insight, irony and toughness.”
Silk Purses and Lemonade emerged as Robin’s brother fought and succumbed to acute myeloid leukemia. This was followed a little over a year later by her husband’s death from melanoma. A poet of witness and discovery, writing offers her a lens to view the world, and a strategy to thrive within its madness.
Robin retired to Hilton Head Island after 33 years as a public high school teacher. She has since completed several works of creative nonfiction, a children’s series, two poetry collections, and short fiction. Her first publishing credit, “A Lowcountry Path” was a poem in The Breeze in January, 2015. She serves as moderator for Island Writers’ Network. Her work has appeared in The Fourth River, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, I am not a silent poet, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Curly Mind, The Skinny Journal and locally in The Breeze and the Island Writers’ Network’s Time and Tide, for which she served as co-editor.
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Christen Kincaid, Editor Elizabeth Robin
Finishing Line Press 6 Redstart Path
Post Office Box 1626 Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Georgetown, KY 40324 843-342-9438
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