Jennifer Givhan
ISBN: 978-0-9975805-5-6
35 pages

The poems of Lifeline are deliciously alive, even while mercilessly dissecting trauma and loss. Givhan's searing imagery and candor depicts womanhood in its most raw and honest form — as a gritty mosaic of fractured ghosts held together by blood and resistance.

— Rachel McKibbens, author of
Into The Dark & Emptying Field
Cover by Gabrielle Pescador

Sample poem from Lifeline:


Mrs. Sheets at the rehab center thinks my husband is The Angel of Death, calls him Saint Sunday & wails for him at night, waking patients down the hall. Some wounds I cannot heal, he says, as we walk along the bosque arguing about my lingering in the past: you can't let anyone or anything go. I scrape my shoulder on the rusted metal gate along the canal, & fear tetanus, which leads to lockjaw. Mrs. Sheets fears Jesus doesn't love her since her affair & subsequent divorce. What's crazy is the way I jumped into the water. The way Sunday jumped in after me. No, the way I revised the story. He didn't jump. He didn't save me. I only pretend, like Mrs. Sheets, that saints can redeem us.
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Jennifer Givhan is a Mexican-American poet from the Southwestern desert. She is the author of the full-length collections, Landscape with Headless Mama, which won the 2015 Pleiades Editors' Prize, and Protection Spell, winner of U. of Arkansas Press&$39;s 2016 Miller Williams Series Prize, and two poetry chapbooks, Curanderisma (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming 2016) and The Daughter's Curse (ELJ, forthcoming 2017). Her honors include an NEA Fellowship, a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship, The Frost Place Latin@ Scholarship, The 2015 Lascaux Review Poetry Prize, The Pinch Poetry Prize, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best of the Net 2015, Best New Poets 2013, AGNI, TriQuarterly, Crazyhorse, Blackbird, The Kenyon Review, Rattle, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, and Southern Humanities Review (where she was a finalist for the 2015 Auburn Witness Prize). She is Poetry Editor at Tinderbox Poetry Journal and teaches online workshops at The Poetry Barn.