ISBN: 978-1934909-44-7 (pbk.) $18.00
Rosalind Brackenbury is the author of twelve novels and two books of short stories. This is her eighth book of poems. Harvey Shapiro praised her poetry as "a palpable pleasure on the tongue." A native of England, she now divides her time between Key West and Paris.
“Bonnard's Dog is a book of arrival's stock-taking, of time-delving and time-wrestling, of gratitude, of opening to the gift that is even our losses. It shows, precise detail by precise detail, how the past is carried into the present: on the hooves of horses, the stairs of a pigeon tower, the notes of a long-vanished piano, and also by accident, by luck. With deft mastery, Rosalind Brackenbury distills the facts and feel of a deeply lived through and profoundly attended-to existence-and her title poem here, I must add, is simply wondrous. ” —Jane Hirshfield
“As I read Rosalind Brackenbury's recent poems, I sensed that in the process of creation she must have been exceptionally aware of the reader; the reader being, of course, me. She tells me what I feel in language choicer than my own; she also intuits what I should be feeling and reveals it in language of tactful purity. Of her many gifts, this is perhaps the greatest: she makes a confidant of every reader, who soon learns that she has marvels to confide. I consider this collection to be her best, because she has put so much of her life into it: the delights she has always tellingly depicted, and now its terrors: disease, the body's frailty, the lurking threat of death; and, as well as all the lands where she has lived, the dark regions looming beyond. In a wonderful poem called "The Other Alphabet," she asks, "Where are the letters that are / in exile from the alphabet, / squatting in camps on the borders / of language, waiting their time / to rise up, invade and rule? / While they crouch in darkness / over their beaten tin kettles / where the bones boil...." She has been there, too; and she has taken me with her. ” —Harry Mathews
“These are RB's finest poems to date--delicate, exquisite, but also bare and real, with a unique compassion for both human and animal life.” —Marie-Claire Blais