The Grief Performance, Emily Kendal Frey

The Grief Performance

Emily Kendal Frey

Publisher: Cleveland State University Poetry Center
PubDate: 3/1/2011
ISBN: 9781880834947
Binding: Paperback
Price: $15.95
Quantity Available: 155
Pages: 72
SKU #: J07B

Poetry. "Emily Kendal Frey performs grief and dread as a graceful dance, the kind the tree you cut down in your backyard might do on your heart. This work is light, deft, dangerous. There are perfect poems here, such as 'The End,' which enacts a simple, startling twist on the hoary injunction to 'Walk towards the light.' See, everything you know is wrong. You really have to read this book."—Rae Amrantrout


Emily Kendal Frey is the author of two full-length collections, SORROW ARROW (Octopus Books, 2014), and THE GRIEF PERFORMANCE (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011) and the chapbooks Frances (Poor Claudia, 2010), The New Planet (Mindmade Books, 2010), and Airport (Blue Hour, 2009), as well as three chapbook collaborations. Frey's THE GRIEF PERFORMANCE was selected for the Cleveland State Poetry Center's 2010 First Book Prize by Rae Armantrout. She also won the Poetry Society of America's 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon.  

Reviews and Other Links
Alissa Fleck @ NewPages
interview by Nicholas Sturm @ Bookslut
Jessica Varin @ The Rumpus
Nick Sturm @ Barn Owl Review
Christie Ann Reynolds @ Sink Review
rob mclennan @ rob mclennan's blog
Winner of the Norma Farber First Book Awardin 2012 from the Poetry Society of America
Jessica Bozek @ Zoland Poetry
Trisha Red Campbell @ Bookslut
Virginia Konchan @ The Rumpus

“I've always found Kendal Frey’s poems fascinating to the point of transfix—they make compelling reading: I’ve never started one I didn’t finish, something I can say of very few other poets’ work. Her first full-length collection surely places her among the most brilliant of today’s young poets. THE GRIEF PERFORMANCE commands and rewards the mind’s richest attendance.” —Bill Knott

“Emily Kendal Frey’s THE GRIEF PERFORMANCE is a book that condenses a journey of finding and re-finding loss into beautiful packages. The packages are the poems and they sit shiny and new on every page of this fabulous and generous book. I want to go into the world that these poems create, just so that I can be given these terrifying presents again and again. I know you will, too. See you there.” —Dorothea Lasky

“Emily Kendal Frey’s poems are made of words that can fake out death, trick abandonment into a bed, turn love into hands. They are rich with sound, brave with secrets, funny (tragic), and open ( ). She will twist up your heart into your next heart. Settle in. There are three dead people in her.” —Zachary Schomburg