Poetry. IN THE CARNIVAL OF BREATHING is home to eighteen lyrical poems in which land & flesh, water & lung, hope & duress converge. Here lives a narrator at once lake & lake-less, blamed & innocent, asleep & swimming. Angered, terrified, and wrecked not just by the ephemeral nature of love and breath but by her everyday—her progeny, herself—she attempts (or pretends) to make sense of life's transitions wherein laughter is darkness and lightness the heaviest loss.
Lisa Fay Coutley's poems have been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, scholarships to the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences, an Academy of American Poets Levis Prize, chosen by Dana Levin, and have appeared in Seneca Review, Sou'wester, Ninth Letter, Blackbird, and Best New Poets. She is a PhD candidate and poetry editor for Quarterly West at the University of Utah. IN THE CARNIVAL OF BREATHING (Black Lawrence Press, 2011) won the Fall 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition. Author City: NEGAUNEE, MI USA