Bright Shade

Chelsea Harlan

Forthcoming August 2022

APR/Honickman First Book Prize winner

Bright Shade is an appreciation of the wild woods, the rolling hills, the Appalachian air, and the little rivers that were the setting of Chelsea Harlan’s upbringing. The poems speak through the liminal space between the body and its relationships to other bodies, and the human relationship with nature—and so climate change is, inevitably, part of this book’s undercurrent of grief. As the author navigates the high highs and the low lows of manic depression, Bright Shade articulates the wonder that accompanies sadness and the sadness that accompanies joy. Chelsea Harlan’s work is humorous, indeed bittersweet (bright / shade), and a little strange in exactly the right way.

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ISBN: 9780986093869

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780986093852

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The Big Egg

Woof, mindfulness is
exhausting but the thing is it’s
so ineffable it’s resistant to
irony

Mindfulness doesn’t give a fuck
about what you think about mindfulness
That’s the beauty of it, I say

The moon sure is full of
itself Do you ever see a
rabbit in it churning some butter, or

Mindfulness’s indifferent, like the wind
That’s beautiful, he says thoughtfully
and carefully all falls still in the yard

Thank you, I reply
walleyed, I put it in a
romantic poem
I put the moon in most passwords