Chelsea Rathburn-Still Life with Mother and Knife

Chelsea Rathburn


Chelsea Rathburn is the poet laureate of Georgia and author of three books of poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, the Atlantic, Creative Nonfiction, and many other journals. A native of Miami, Florida, she currently lives in Macon, Georgia, with her husband, the poet James Davis May, and their daughter. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Mercer University.


Still Life with Mother and Knife

In her third and most powerful collection, Chelsea Rathburn seeks to voice matters once deemed unspeakable, from collisions between children and predators to the realities of postpartum depression. Still Life with Mother and Knife considers the female body, “mute and posable,” as object of both art and violence. With singular vision and potent poetic form, Rathburn crafts a complex portrait of girlhood and motherhood from which it is impossible to look away.

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