Still Life with Mother and Knife

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Chelsea Rathburn’s third collection, Still Life with Mother and Knife offers a complex portrait of girlhood and motherhood, moving in interlocking sections between the pleasures and dangers of childhood, between masterpieces of art history and magazine centerfolds, and—in a sequence in dialogue with Eugene Delacroix’s paintings and sketches of Medea (Delacroix’s Médée Furieuse is pictured at left)—between maternal love and rage. Poems from the book have appeared or are forthcoming in the Missouri Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, the Southern Review, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, and other journals.

Still Life with Mother and Knife will be published in early 2019 by Louisiana State University Press.