Author: Kate Peterson, Winner of the 2016 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Competition
Grist is a collection that explores the connection between body and spirit. The poems are honest and often devastating, just as the body itself when faced with trauma. The poems are visceral and intuitive, yet plainly spoken. The chapbook moves in sections to deal with themes of connection, loss, and grief, all while asking the reader to feel these, often painful, sensations in the physical body.
Kate Peterson earned her MFA from Eastern Washington University, where she is now teaching composition as an adjunct. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcomin
g from Sugar House Review, Packingtown Review, Aethlon, Glassworks, and The Sierra Nevada Review, among others. Kate is originally from New Jersey but has made Spokane her home. This is her first published collection. She can be reached at www.katelaurenpeterson.tumblr.com.
“Though at moments this collection feels fragile, like it is teetering on the edge of collapse, Grist is as much a book about healing as it is about being wounded. Many of the poems take place in hospital beds, where you can almost feel the bones of the speaker’s body knitting themselves, slowly, back together. The final words of the collection ring out, beyond the scrape of a scalpel against bone or a dead sparrow in the fireplace, toward a cynical, but certain hopefulness:
Sometimes things get broken, she said. Sometimes a car wrecks
on the side of the road and your father sees it and says to you,
My god, be careful out here.
And you try. You try for as long as you can.”