Rust Fish: Poems
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Rust Fish: Poems

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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 30th 2011 by Lost Horse Press
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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...more
Ana Spagna
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.
Colleen Zeller
I have not read many poetry books, but enjoyed this book very much.
Remarkable range. I really enjoyed it.
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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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