by Priscilla Frake
"Correspondence is a reconnaissance mission, an attempt to invite and listen to those other, unconscious voices, which I believe will find a way into our lives whether we recognize them or not. Jung explains it this way: 'Why did you want to comprehend the darkness! But you had to or else it would have seized you.'”
—from the Introduction
“I challenge any reader not to come out of reading this book a little wiser and a little less sure of knowledge.”
—SASHA WEST, author of Failure and I Bury the Body
"In Correspondence, Priscilla Frake takes the reader through an ever-changing internal landscape, darkly beautiful and fierce, jagged and luminous, a place of multiple voices and nothingness: underground, underwater, in fire and in air. The notion of correspondence—letters and postcards exchanged between the poet and her deepest subconscious, texts between Jung and Lao Tzu—structures the book, but Frake's poems also demonstrate the correspondence between not only her mind and its internal landscape, but the correspondence between apparent opposites—'In nothing/ you are everything: spiraling/ arms of rosy explosions,/ the pulse and bang and ferment/ of stars'—and between poet and reader. Her poems invite us to experience her journey as ours, to embrace our shared darknesses, to 'embrace the worthless and the worthy/ with the same love.' We correspond and willingly follow."
—LAURIE CLEMENTS LAMBETH, author of Veil and Burn
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Priscilla Frake has published poetry in dozens of journals including Nimrod, The Midwest Quarterly, and The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including Improbable Worlds, published in 2011 by Mutabilis Press. Her chapbook, Argument Against Winter, was published in Great Britain while she was living there in the 1990’s. In 2012, she won the Lorene Pouncey Award at the Houston Poetry Festival and was nominated for a Pushcart. She is a studio jeweler and currently lives with her husband in Sugar Land, Texas.