Rough Cradle (Paperback)
Betsy Sholl's masterful, musical seventh collection focuses on human dichotomies: body and soul, mystery and knowledge, grief and ecstasy. Though the self is small in relation to death, love is enormous, and no life too small or mean to matter.
About the Author
Poet, critic, and founding member of Alice James Books, Betsy Sholl is the author of six previous collections of poetry. Recipient of the AWP Prize for Poetry as well as a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she is the current Poet Laureate of Maine and teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the Vermont College MFA program.
Betsy Sholl’s Rough Cradle is a marvelous, intricate book of contraries. Ruin and healing, beauty and blight, the just and the unjust are at war, not just out there in our politics and our histories, but in here, daily, hourly, in the human soul. I love Sholl’s unyielding honesty, the great heart and deep intelligence of her vision.”Nancy Eimers
Sholl's masterful, musical seventh collection focuses on human dichotomies: body and soul, mystery and knowledge, grief and ecstasy. Though the self is small in relation to death, love is enormous, and no life too small or mean to matter. Rough Cradle entreats us to love everything before we lose everything. Betsy Scholl’s poems are visual and fast moving, the whole book shot through vivid imageryI was so dazzled by the gorgeousness of the writing”Stride
As she upends perspectives, her powers of synthesis, making God's-eyes of unlike threads, are near deific.” Portland Pheonix
Maine laureate Betsy Sholl is out with a seventh book of poetry that's filled with soaring word picturesthe ideas of beauty versus darkness, grit versus comfort.”?Portland Press Herald
"Betsy Sholl's work has such fiery momentum and narrative drive that her poems seize her readers' attention and never let go, drawing us into a profound contemplation of the marriage of blessing and destruction the world offers again and again."Mark Doty
"For Betsy Sholl, words don't merely bring us to the edge of life's mysteries, they enter those places andif not 'solve' thingslisten, lament, praise, become song. Everything can turn into poetry, if one can only find the right words, the right music. Over and over, Sholl does. Urgent, compassionate, and lyrical, this is poetry of the highest order."Theodore Deppe