Poetry. Winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize. "'I was born with a gift for gall and grit,' Rochelle Hurt writes—a line that echoes through every poem in this collection. She spares nothing and bares all that needs baring about family, place, and relationships—how they reflect each other, blurred in tarnished mirrors. With a Sylvia Plath–like abandon and urgency, every single word feels completely necessary; words spoken with a vigor and honesty that are felt in the gut; words that remain lodged in the back of the throat." —Richard Blanco
Rochelle Hurt is a poet and essayist. She is the author of three poetry collections: The J Girls: A Reality Show (Indiana University Press, 2022), which won the Blue Light Books Prize; IN WHICH I PLAY THE RUNAWAY (Barrow Street, 2016), which won the Barrow Street Poetry Prize; and The Rusted City: A Novel in Poems (White Pine, 2014). Her work has been included in Poetry magazine and the Best New Poets anthology, and she's been awarded prizes and fellowships from Prairie Schooner, Arts & Letters, Poetry International, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo. She lives in Orlando and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida.