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A poignant collection of poems on illness and parenthood by one of the great poets of the American South.
In The Shallows, Stacey Lynn Brown continues her potent exploration of the American South—its complex legacies of family and race. These harrowing yet ultimately hopeful new poems depict a daughter grappling with the aftermath of her father’s massive stroke and her own concurrent struggles with a debilitating and mysterious illness.
About the Author
Stacey Lynn Brown was raised in Atlanta. She is the author of Cradle Song: a poem and teaches creative writing at Indiana University.
The Shallows reads like a page-turner, each poem calling urgently, tenderly to the next. Stacey Lynn Brown’s poems are grounded in love, illuminated by loss, and inhabited by a remarkable intelligence that’s both generous and exacting. I was enlightened and moved by The Shallows. I’ll return to it again and again.
— Cheryl Strayed