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Rust Fish

4.69  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In Zeller’s first book, Rust Fish, a young woman has a conversation with the succulent natural world. They speak of the endless summers of youth, the sober winters of the Pacific Northwest, the violence of children, and the benign neglect that nature offers even its acolytes. Throughout the book, fish are this speaker’s consorts. Fish, both real and imagined, stream throug ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Lost Horse Press
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Jul 10, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
Fans of the Scrapper Poet know that I love coming-of-age poetry books, so I'm happy to add Rust Fish by Maya Jewell Zeller to my collection. Zeller's debut book tells the story of a girl growing up in the working-class world of the Pacific Northwest. Using narrative poems that often invoke a strong sense of place, Zeller recounts the uncertainty and brutal life of children, while balancing resilience and hope in her stories.

Rust Fish is divided into four parts, each part beginning with a poem ti
Jan 26, 2017 Shannon rated it liked it
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This collection started out with so much potential, so much creative energy. Zeller was taking advantage of the writing space with innovative metaphors and dynamic, colorful language that made her images and words pop with a coveted freshness. Yet after Part 1 the poems lost their momentum and became more contrived, ending on all too predictable lines leaving the reader to wonder, "What was the point of reading that?" Her titles would have "Her" and then be about the speaker "I" or "You," a rath ...more
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With "words brining the air like salt," Zeller's poems have the texture and contours of rich language and immaculate images. Most of the poems she writes have the scent and feel of childhood memories, or contain lush vegetation and the rich colors of the sky, or of relationships and connections. All are situated in the Pacific Northwest and have the people of the Northwest standing tall. The best thing about this book of poems, though, is that it is her first and since she is young, we will be t ...more
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Jun 13, 2011 Ana Spagna rated it it was amazing
I've been reading poetry in the morning before writing, and this has been the most inspiring choice of the year: voicy and funny, rich and original in language. The Pacific Northwest landscape/setting probably influenced me some, but I suspect I'd love anything this poet wrote.
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I have not read many poetry books, but enjoyed this book very much.
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Maya Jewell Zeller was born on the Oregon Coast, and has lived in the Northwest most of her life. She has taught writing and literature at the high school, community college, and university levels. Her poetry is published widely. She currently teaches at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.
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