The Shifting Line


Praise for The Shifting Line, winner of the 2005 Richard Wilbur Award:
“The line in Chelsea Rathburn’s exceptionally fine and promising THE SHIFTING LINE is not only the line of love, traced unflinchingly through its lucid confusions and murky clarities, but also the deeply human pulse of feeling and forms – both metrical and amatory – composed from the dissonance of a fully lived life. A remarkable debut.”
– B.H. Fairchild

“First books by young poets are sometimes praised as showing great promise, and this one does; but in its distinctive marriage of form and feeling, The Shifting Line is also a remarkable accomplishment. I am happy to have read and reread these poems, and for the new readers who will discover their pleasures.”
– Catherine Tufariello