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Monday Must Read! Paradise Drive by Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry for Paradise Drive. Her other books include God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World (Tebot Bach, 2010), a collaboration with artist Lorna Stevens that received a 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Award; All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (Many Mountains Moving, 2010), which received the 2008 MMM Press Poetry Book Prize; and two chapbooks, Mom’s Canoe (Texas Review Press, 2009), and Dark Card (Texas Review Press, 2008), both winners of the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook prize. Foust earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College in 2010 and is the recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place and The MacDowell Colony. Her poems have appeared widely in journals including The Hudson ReviewThe Massachusetts ReviewNarrativeNorth American Review, and Sewanee Review, and her prose is in American Book Review, Chautauqua, Poetry Flash, The Rumpus, Tikkun Daily, and other journals. Her essay, “Venn Diagram,” won the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize from The Malahat Review in 2014. Foust lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area as a writer, freelance editor, teacher, and Marin Poetry Center board member.

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Praise for Paradise Drive 

“There is great music in these poems, and sonnet after sonnet is masterful. Not since Berryman’s Henry have I been so engaged by a persona: Pilgrim, who ‘like most of we’ is good and bad, hapless sometimes, other times approaching wisdom, always sending deeper and deeper her primary roots.” — Thomas Lux

“In Rebecca Foust’s splendid book-length sonnet sequence, Paradise Drive, we come upon a Pilgrim contemplating the deadly sins while hiding out in the bathrooms at some of Marin County, California’s swankiest parties. Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility straight into the 21st century of terrorism and autism, divorce and yoga, soldiers and syringes, booze and valet parking, determined to prove that truth makes beauty.” — Molly Peacock

“Foust does it: she reinvents the sonnet form, making it a unit of expression again, not a museum piece sitting on its plinth, forlornly wishing we’d quit paying homage to it. She strews the individual poems with savagely sparkling jewels of satire, insight, and wit. This is a masterful book, yes, and also a great deal of fun to read.” — James Cummins

Monday Must Read: Rebecca Foust: Paradise Drive

Monday Must Read!

Rebecca-FoustThis week meet Rebecca Foust, the author of three full-length poetry collections. Paradise Drive (Press 53 2015) winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry and among Shelf Unbound’s 100 Notable Books of 2015, has been reviewed or featured in more than 40 venues since its release in April. Foust collaborated with artist Lorna Stevens on God, Seed: Poetry & Art about the Natural World (Tebot Bach 2010), winner of a 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Award. All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (Many Mountains Moving 2010) won the Many Mountains Moving Book Prize, was a finalist for the Paterson Prize, and was nominated for the Poet’s Prize. Foust’s chapbooks, Dark Card (2008) and Mom’s Canoe (2009) won the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize in consecutive years and were published by Texas Review Press. Her poems, essays, short stories and book reviews are widely published in the American Academy of Poets, Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, Sewanee Review, and others. Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet-in Residence, and her awards include The 2015 American Literary Review Writing Award for fiction, The 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Award (Malahat Review) and fellowships from The Frost Place, the MacDowell Colony, Sewanee Writing Conference, and West Chester Poetry Conference. The Poetry Editor for Women’s Voices for Change and an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine, Foust lives in the San Franciso Bay Area with her husband.

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Paradise Drive


God, Seed and All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song


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Selected Poetry Online:

Abeyance,” American Academy of Poets Poem-A-Day series 2015, http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/abeyance

Courtesy Flush” and “Oops” reprinted in Poemeleon 2015, http://www.poemeleon.org/-rebecca-foust/

The Notch,” “Bright Juice,” “Nuns Fret Not,” and “Dirt,” The Hudson Review, 2015, http://hudsonreview.com/2015/01/the-notch-bright-juice-nuns-fret-not-dirt/#.VnElSEorLV3

Prayer for my New Daughter,” “Sufferance,” “Blame,” “Gratitude,” and “Only,” reprinted in Poethead 2015, https://poethead.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/sufferance-and-other-poems-by-rebecca-foust/

Contradance” The Hopkins Review 2015, http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/the_hopkins_review/v008/8.2.foust.pdf

Blazon” http://www.cortlandreview.com/features/14/winter/foust.php#1, “Promise Me,” http://www.cortlandreview.com/features/14/winter/foust.php#2, Cortland Review 2014 and “Petals,” Cortland Review 2012, http://www.cortlandreview.com/issue/58/foust.php#1

Biography,” “But What Can Wake You,” and “Eulogy,” Omniverse 2014, http://omniverse.us/poetry-rebecca-foust/

Last Bison Gone” and “Perennial,” The Humanist 2011, http://thehumanist.com/magazine/march-april-2011/poetry/last-bison-gone

Prodigal,” http://www.valpo.edu/vpr/v14n2/v14n2poetry/foustprodigal.php and “Elocution Lesson,” http://www.valpo.edu/vpr/foustelocution.html in Valparaiso Poetry Review

Dark Ecology,” “Spec House Foundation Cut into Hillside,” “Rebuke,” “Food-Not-Bombs” (2014), http://www.unf.edu/mudlark/flashes/foust.html and “Bee Fugue” (2011), https://www.unf.edu/mudlark/flashes/bee_fugue.html

Don’t,” Bomb Magazine 2009, http://bombmagazine.org/article/4589/don-t

Broadsides from God, Seed: Poetry & Art about the Natural World with art by Lorna Stevens:

Tikkun Daily, 2011, http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2011/02/13/god-seed-poetry-and-art-about-the-natural-world/

Terrain 2009, http://terrain.org/poetry/24/god_seed/

Selected Essays and Book Reviews online:

Poetry Daily, 4/21/15, “Poet’s Pick” essay on “An Irish Airman Foresees his Death” by William Butler Yeats, http://poems.com/Poets’%20Picks%202015/0421_Foust.html

Interview of Susan Terris, “She Asked for Light,” Poetry Flash 2015, http://poetryflash.org/features/

Guest Blog for Brian A. Klems, “The Writer’s Dig,” Writer’s Digest, http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/its-never-too-late-on-becoming-a-writer-at-50

Guest Blog on “Writing Sonnets,” 4/12/15, Savvy Verse and Wit, http://savvyverseandwit.com/category/guest-post

Review of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, The Rumpus 2014, http://therumpus.net/2014/05/al-mutanabbi-street-starts-here-edited-by-beau-beausoleil-and-deema-shehabi/

Review of After the Firestorm by Susan Kolodny, Poetry Flash 2012, http://poetryflash.org/reviews/

Review of Bacchus Wynd by Catherine Edmunds, Wordgathering 2014, http://www.wordgathering.com/past_issues/issue30/reviews/edmunds.html

Review of Beamish Boy by Albert Flynn DeSilver The Rumpus 2013, http://therumpus.net/?s=beamish+boy

North American ReviewThrowback Thursday” series, 9/7/15, http://northamericanreview.org/throwback-thursday-featuring-rebecca-foust-strip-mine-from-vol-292-2/

Weekly Poetry Columns for Women’s Voices for Change,


Selected Book Review links for Paradise Drive

San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Edition (Diana Whitney) http://m.sfgate.com/books/article/Poetry-John-Burnside-Jane-Hirshfield-Rebecca-6401935.php#photo-8336857

Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Edition (Frank Wilson)

Washington Independent Review of Books (Grace Cavalieri) “National Poetry Month’s Best Picks,” http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/april-exemplars-national-poetry-months-best-picks-by-grace-cavalieri

The Huffington Post (Dean Rader) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dean-rader/three-books-for-autumn_b_8090182.html



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