Poetry. In TWO FAINT LINES IN THE VIOLET, praised by Annie Finch as "ahead of its time, a tragic and lucid banner leading us into the 21st century when poets will increasingly be called on to remind us that we are human animals whose fate is held in the earth," Lissa Kiernan explores poetry's unique ability to document yet revision the nuclear age, how when singing somewhere between the personal and political—if we listen closely—we might hear the social. Fueled by her investigation into Yankee Rowe Nuclear Power Plant, the etiology of her father's brain tumor, and her experiences coming of age in New York City, she laments and fêtes the abundance of lessons learned, ultimately tuning in to "the electricity of life" (Amy King), where personal and industrial meltdowns converse and converge. Confessionalism tempered by omission, experimentation in diction, and the restraint of set form are brushed into landscapes spanning the iconic to the deceptively bucolic—lush, yet toxic, watersheds to concrete jungles.
Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist in Poetry
TWO FAINT LINES IN THE VIOLET is Lissa Kiernan's first book. Her individual poems have nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Kiernan holds her MFA from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine and an MA in Media Studies from The New School for Social Research. She is the founder and director of The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative, a pioneer in MFA-caliber online poetry workshops and the director on online communications for the nonprofit organization World Monuments Fund. Born in Athol, Massachusetts, Lissa has lived in Nashville, Tennessee, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Paris, France. She currently makes her home in Brooklyn, New York.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA