Collection of Flaws in a Black Dress is a Gut-Punch of a First Chapbook
Poet and author Jenny Williamson is pleased to announce that her debut chapbook, Collection of Flaws in a Black Dress, will be coming out in May with Finishing Line Press. It is currently available for preorder here.
“I write obsessively about love and loss,” Williamson says. “I didn’t intend for the theme to go in this direction, but when I looked back at the body of my work over the past year, there was a definite common thread. There’s also a sense of grief, like I’m mourning my own death before it happens.”
Her debut chapbook could be said to be a map of emotional apocalypse, charting a course from epic first-sight to the inevitable heat death of the universe and finally, new hope. Mostly free-form, the language shows a clear sense of musicality and rhythm, with imagery that is frequently as brutal as it is beautiful.
From the chapbook:
When I woke they’d put a doorway
in my skull
round as a bone moon.
The ghosts gnawed through me, trailing
a terrible howling.
It was not painful. Quite the opposite,
this hole in the hull of my ship
rimmed with stars–
I could no longer tell where I ended
and the sky began.
About the Author:
Jenny Williamson writes primarily about sex and death. She is published in journals including East Coast Literary Review, Burningwood Literary Journal, and Vox Poetica. She is also an actress and fiction writer, and currently lives in Brooklyn. This is not her last chapbook.
Collection of Flaws in a Black Dress is available for preorder from Finishing Line Press here.