“In The Lantern Room, her exquisite new collection, Chloe Honum moves, as her poems do, with range, precision, and astonishing beauty. Honum’s speaker travels across Arkansas motel to motel, missing a beloved, and in the book’s crown jewel, ‘The Common Room,’ chronicles an out-patient hospitalization in a psychiatric ward. The collection closes with sublime meditations on the speaker’s mother’s death: ‘How will I live without her?’ How, indeed. This book is that survival, and more than that, an extraordinary mind pressing through language to speak so deeply, so startlingly, the reader is made larger to receive its enormous gift: ‘But I have rain in my hair. This much is true. Let me bring it to you.’”
—Allison Benis White
Chloe Honum is the author of The Tulip-Flame (2014) selected by Tracy K. Smith for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize and named a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, and the chapbook Then Winter. She is the recipient of Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship. Raised in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, she is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Baylor University.