Just Published: The Curator's Notes, by Robin Rosen Chang
Praise for The Curator's Notes
A gorgeously deft book, The Curator’s Notes dares to question the Edenic. It asks, why not take the knowledge at hand hanging like “plump, purple orbs…begging to be eaten…”? And what can we grow with states of paradise being ever fleeting? This curator is a custodian of both specific and collective heritage, connecting daughter to mother to grandmother to wife to husband to the backyard garden to that garden of old where, as in the womb, knowing is limited and inevitable. In her sensual and tender book, Robin Rosen Chang has taken care to graciously offer us lyrics that swirl around and beyond our expectations until we accept both the churning waters and the radiant flight of circling birds as part of the story of life moving all too swiftly with and ultimately toward “the loam— / sand, silt, and clay.”
Robin Rosen Chang's poetry has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Journal, American Literary Review, Poet Lore, Cream City Review, North American Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Zone 3, Vinyl, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the Oregon Poetry Association's Fall 2018 Poet's Choice Award and an honorable mention for Spoon River Poetry Review's 2019 Editor's Prize. An earlier version of this collection was named a finalist for Warren Wilson's 2018 Levis Alumni Award for a manuscript in progress. She has an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She resides in northern New Jersey. The Curator’s Notes is her debut full-length collection.