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The Soluble Hour
Hillary Gravendyk; Cynthia Arrieu-King, intro.




Omnidawn
2017 • 80 pp. 5 1/2 x 7"
Poetry - Women Authors / Poetry of Place / Poetry - Death, Grief, Loss

$11.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-045-8



An elegiac recollection of landscapes, loves, and past selves

In Hillary Gravendyk’s The Soluble Hour, the speaker sings with visionary passion how the beloved and dear ones will soon be without her and laments for their imminent grief. But being in extremis pulls the voice towards testimony of unquestioned love, a recollection of landscapes Californian and otherwise, and previous selves. The poet wields her deep solitude as the measure of truth and conviction, the self that accepts its own impermanence.

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“The lyric here is both cry and love song. These deeply felt and precise poems cry for the beloved, knowing the beloved will soon be bereft: ‘I understand transformation better than death, though / I practice for it every night, with you.’ Transformation in language is metaphor, the magical force that moves substance to spirit. Again and again Gravendyk enacts this magic, a gift for those who will grieve, which is all of us: ‘I fluttered in your chest, and was remembered.’”—Julie Carr, author of Rag



HILLARY ANNE GRAVENDYK (1979–2014) was born in Los Angeles, California. She attended Tulane and the University of Washington and went on to get a doctorate in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2008, her chapbook The Naturalist came out from Achiote Press and in 2010, her book Harm was published by Omnidawn. In 2009, she was hired to teach twentieth-century poetry at Pomona College in Claremont, California. After moving to Oakland in 2003 with her husband Benjamin Burrill, Hillary lived out most of her adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area and Claremont.



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