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Round Lake
Grace Bonner



Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2016 • 63 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - Women Authors / Poetry - Death, Grief, Loss

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-74-1



“Although this is a dark collection, Bonner offers light and warmth as she reflects on the dark humor of her mother, the sweet nature of... [continued in Reviews below]”—Publishers Weekly

A family is lost and discovered among the pages of Round Lake

Round Lake begins with an awakening in solitude. It moves through a search for romantic love, and attempts to create a sense of home and family through art and travel. There are elegies: surviving a sibling’s drug addiction, and the losses of a father (to cancer) and a mother (to suicide).

Reviews / Endorsements

“Although this is a dark collection, Bonner offers light and warmth as she reflects on the dark humor of her mother, the sweet nature of her sister during her sobriety, and the moment she first felt true closeness with her father. . . . Bonner’s haunting, intimate poetry functions as a cathartic outlet and serves as a comforting map of emotions for anyone that has felt unnavigable sorrow.”

Publishers Weekly

“Lamentation and praise are the two presiding emotions of this vibrantly elegiac book.  I find the balance between them original and enticing, as new growth continually emerges from the black earth’s crevices.”—Henri Cole



GRACE BONNER holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Round Lake is her first book of poetry. She is a MacDowell fellow, and the former Director of the 92Y Poetry Center. She has taught English and Creative Writing at the Pierrepont School and abroad. Her poems have appeared in The New Republic, The Paris Review, Parnassus, Poetry Daily, The Southampton Review and other publications. Her memoir, Ghost Tracks, is about inheritance, sibling rivalry, mental illness, and how the American prison-industrial complex stretched one fragile family to its breaking point. She is a mentor in PEN’s Prison Writing Program.



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