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Robin Beth Schaer

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Robin Beth Schaer’s first book of poetry, Shipbreaking, received the Robert Dana–Anhinga Poetry Prize and was published in 2015. She was educated at Colgate University and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Saltonstall Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Bomb Magazine, Paris Review, Denver Quarterly, Washington Square, and Guernica, among others. She has taught writing at Cooper Union, Columbia University, and The New School, and she worked as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty, a 180-foot full-rigged ship lost in Hurricane Sandy.


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New Poem: "Holdfast"

Starring an existential child, a lost love, dead butterflies & hungry monkeys, "Holdfast" by Robin Beth Schaer was selected by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith for inclusion in the Academy of American Poets "Poem-a-Day" program for National Poetry Month.

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“Current / is the cure for both a stopped heart / and one that beats too much. / And if it must be shocked twice, / the surgeons call it a reluctant heart.”
Robin Beth Schaer, Shipbreaking
tags: heart, love

“I want to promise you / permanence, my constant orbit, but even continents / are revisions. I am only your diving bell in water / hemmed by shifting plates.”
Robin Beth Schaer, Shipbreaking

“Only heaven is full of furniture.
We harness ourselves over and over,
wherever hope is a yellow shore.”
Robin Beth Schaer, Shipbreaking
tags: hope

“To be melancholy is to be self-haunted, and among the many reasons this is an unsatisfactory explanation for living inside a jam jar inside an aquarium, foremost among them is that there are no good stories to tell of your bleak time in a beautiful place, and no specter to blame for the fact that happiness, though it should have been inescapable, evaded you.”
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“Current / is the cure for both a stopped heart / and one that beats too much. / And if it must be shocked twice, / the surgeons call it a reluctant heart.”
Robin Beth Schaer, Shipbreaking
tags: heart, love

“Only heaven is full of furniture.
We harness ourselves over and over,
wherever hope is a yellow shore.”
Robin Beth Schaer, Shipbreaking
tags: hope

“I want to promise you / permanence, my constant orbit, but even continents / are revisions. I am only your diving bell in water / hemmed by shifting plates.”
Robin Beth Schaer, Shipbreaking

“What wouldn't I give now for a never-changing map of the ever-constant ineffable? To possess, as it were, an atlas of clouds.”
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

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