Bitters is an extended argument with God, driven by the desire to recover what is banished to the marginal and apocryphal. The sonnets (or near-sonnets) of this collection continue the metaphysical meditation which began as an elegy for the poet’s father, but Seiferle takes the meditation deeper. “Bitters was written in an uncharacteristic rush of energy,” Seiferle notes, “almost furiously within a few months. The rigor of the sonnet form provided a container for what might have remained unsayable.”

ISBN: 9781556591686

Format: Paperback

About the Author

Rebecca Seiferle was awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship in 2004. She has translated two poery collections from the Spanish by César Vallejo, most recently The Black Heralds (Copper Canyon, 2003). Her translations have been included in several anthologies. Her own work has been included in over twenty-five anthologies and has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Lithuanian, and Latvian. She has been a poet-in-residence at Brandeis University and has taught in the Stonecoast MFA Program, the Port Townsend Writers Conference, the …

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“Throughout Bitters, Seiferle maintains a quality of inquiry, philosophic intrigue, and poetic discovery. She leaps and always lands on her feet, gracefully. What a find to come upon these stunning poems of this metaphysical poet making extraordinary sense at the edge of the world in Farmington, New Mexico.” —Judges’ citation, Western States Book Award for Translation

“Seiferle cuts straight to the emotionally honest kernel within family, spirit and myth.” —Publishers Weekly

“There is nothing distasteful about Rebecca Seiferle’s newest poetry collection Bitters. Where the ale known as bitters is dark and strong, the 77 poems in this book are revealing and soothing.” —Home News Tribune

“Part of what Seiferle uses poetry for is to make the ordinary magical, to imbue events with a sense of transcendence.” —New Mexican