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Roberta P. Feins

Autumn House
2017 • 32 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American / Poetry - Women Authors

$10.00 Paperback, 978-1-938769-22-1

“Roberta P. Feins’s “herald” is the winner of the 2016 Coal Hill Review Chapbook Prize sponsored by Autumn House Press. Feins is an outstanding feminist poet whose work fits squarely... [continued in Reviews below]”—Sonja James, The Journal

A bold new poetry chapbook by Roberta P. Feins

Roberta P. Feins’s poetry chapbook Herald (winner of the 2016 Coal Hill Review Contest) reveals the anxiety and power that comes from a woman choosing her own path in the late ’60s. These beautifully crafted poems explore the layers of identity we all contain.

This chapbook can be enjoyed by women of all ages as well as anyone who challenges social norms.

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Reviews / Endorsements

"Roberta P. Feins’s “herald” is the winner of the 2016 Coal Hill Review Chapbook Prize sponsored by Autumn House Press. Feins is an outstanding feminist poet whose work fits squarely into the American confessional school of poetry. In these rigorous yet elegant poems, Feins explores the entrapment of women by social convention and male fantasy while recording her own journey of liberation from those restrictions."—Sonja James, The Journal

“Of the many things I appreciate about Roberta P. Feins’s Herald, first and foremost, is its willingness to surprise and delight—formally, imagistically, syntactically, cognitively. Feins writes the way the old Talmudic rabbis would pray, arguing with God in order to return, once again, to the principles of faith. If the sacred is found in the profane, as this poet seems to reason, then the prayer that celebrates such holiness is found in poetry—the possibility of form and the limitations of language. Rooted in the body and in the world, these poems are harbingers of a world in which faith is challenged, the human is lifted high, and doubt praised, forcing us to ask the tough questions of the divine and of ourselves.”—Gerry LaFemina, author of Little Heretic

"The speaker of Herald proclaims that becoming a woman during the late 1960s and early '70s meant denying her self. Instead, cultural messages destined her for marriage: pleasing men, bearing and raising children, and house-keeping. To this, Feins's speaker said No and chose her own path. Often evoking pain for this woman who defined herself, these poems surprise and move readers with their brilliant innovativeness, depth, and imagery."—Susan Shaw Sailer, author of The God of Roundabouts


Winner of the Coal Hill Review Chapbook Contest, selected by Gerry LaFemina (2016)

ROBERTA P. FEINS received her MFA in poetry from New England College, where she studied with Judith Hall, D.A. Powell, Carol Frost, and Alicia Ostriker. Her poems have been published in 5 AM, Antioch Review, The Cortland Review, and The Gettysburg Review, among others. Her first chapbook Something Like a River, was published in 2013. Feins edits the e-zine Switched On Gutenberg and currently lives in Seattle, WA.

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