E. Kristin Anderson’s forthcoming chapbook of poems, Pray, Pray, Pray: poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night. Now available for pre-order.
What folks are already saying about this book:
“It is the most American autumn evening turning to night in E. Kristin Anderson’s spectacular Pray, Pray, Pray. The speaker can’t sleep, but implores the reader to “Put your hand on my back and push.” Comply and crack the spine for these epistolary anthems to love and insomnia. While the poet masterfully assembles the false syllogisms of our contemporary lives, she knows some things are true. For example, “Poems do not lie.” I first met E. Kristin in Minneapolis, at an ethereal dance party celebrating Prince. After reading Pray, Pray, Pray, I imagine her always there, her “mind…an animal, American…down to the bone.” Anderson is “The Kid,” but fresh and female, now dancing and singing under the purple rain by some “halogen miracle.” Let us all join in her praise.”
~Sandra Marchetti, author of Confluence and Heart Radicals
“E. Kristin Anderson’s poems are intimate, brave and driven by a powerful search for calm and security in a world that fails us so often. PRAY, PRAY, PRAY chooses the musician Prince as its muse and–like that musical genius–these poems are equally adept at navigating both the high and low notes of the complex, full life they describe. The voice of the poems is at once exultant and fraught, bringing readers deeply into our America, a country in which “there is only beauty and emptiness,” and anxiety and depression are a “dark secret,” but a pop icon can be “an old friend” or even a savior. These are wonderful, truthful poems. You should read them immediately.”
~Jessica Piazza, author of Interrobang and This is not a sky