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In the Current Where Drowning Is Beautiful

A poetic re-visioning of narratives of violence against women and nature

In the Current Where Drowning Is Beautiful is a meditation on water, land, women, and violent environmental changes as they affect both the natural world and human migration. The poet reckons with the unsettling realities that women experience, questioning the cause and effect of events and asking why stories of oppression are so often simply accepted as the only stories. Alutiiq language is used throughout these poems that are in conversation with history, ancestors, and an uncertain future, in imagery that moves in waves, returning again and again to the ocean, and a deep visioning of the "current."

Excerpt from IN THE FIELD

They asked me if I was a citizen.

They wanted to know what I had seen/
I had heard/
this was only a test:

Look at the mark and tell them what you see.

[...]

About the Author

ABIGAIL CHABITNOY (Federal Way, WA) is a Koniag descendent and a member of the Tangirnaq Native Village in Kodiak, Alaska. Her first book, How to Dress a Fish, won the Colorado Book Award in the Poetry category and was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize.

Endorsements

"This remarkable book undertakes a kind of geological exploration of the hidden-in-plain-sight strata making up the world around us and our lives within it: raspberries against graves against glaciers; disappeared women alongside disappearing rivers; mythic transformations next to anonymous martyrdoms. Connecting it all are stories—the questions they ask and answer, what they reveal or obscure—and water—as source of life and death, body of history and place where history's bodies are buried, manifestation of the cross-currents that swirl through and around us, bellwether of what's to come. Chabitnoy invites us into a dazzling, urgent mode of inquiry in which poems—keen and liminal, epic and intimate, fierce and tender—are the conscious element depositing us wide-awake on the shore of the precarious present we inherit and inhabit where, increasingly, 'the high ground isn't.'"—Lisa Olstein, author of Late Empire

"In the Current Where Drowning is Beautiful will sweep you up and subdue you. Chabitnoy powerfully and lyrically addresses the crisis of violence against Indigenous women, giving voice to those who have been silenced. This is a timeless and important work."—Rena Priest, Washington State Poet Laureate, 2021-2023
Wesleyan University Press
Wesleyan Poetry Series

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How to Dress a Fish

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Feb 2019 - Wesleyan University Press
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How to Dress a Fish

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Feb 2019 - Wesleyan University Press
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