Good News from New York
The best, most exciting news I heard in New York is that Christine Rhein, a poet and friend from Brighton (near Detroit), has a collection of poems, Wild Flight, coming out from Texas Tech University Press in the Walt McDonald First-Book Series. Christine is a wonderful poet; her work has appeared in such journals as The Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. Here's a picture of her book, which comes out early next month, a short description, and a sample of what other writers are saying about her work.
Soaring across extensive terrain, from the working world of Detroit to American suburbia and pop culture; from the European landscape of World War II to the current war in Iraq, Christine Rhein opens her personal world to the world at large. In poems that explore the historical, social, and scientific, as well as the poignant and humorous, Rhein relishes life’s juxtapositions.
“Wild Flight introduces us to an important new voice. . . . This is a poetry of the highest imagination, and the most energetic intelligence, written by a poet with a keen eye and a large spirit. Her hard look at this life is made beautiful by her art.”
“One of the mysteries of human life is that it is never an individual journey, a truth that Christine Rhein discovers over and over in this remarkable first book. In Wild Flight, she walks us artfully through the histories she comes from and those she is witness to in our time. . . .The personal is political in these large-minded poems, and the political personal.”
“Christine Rhein makes a stunning debut in Wild Flight, distinguishing herself immediately with poems of grace and intelligence. . . . Turning her eye toward science, technology, human relationships, love and war, she never merely describes a thing, but persuades us to a point of view that is subtle and sophisticated, sympathetic but challenging, funny and almost warm to the touch with each living moment.”