CHELSEA DINGMAN's first book, Thaw (Georgia), was chosen by Allison Joseph to win the National Poetry Series. Dingman is also the author of the chapbook What Bodies Have I Moved and has won the Southeast Review's Gearhart Poetry Prize, the Sycamore Review's Wabash Prize, the Water-stone Review's Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize, and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association's Creative Writing Award for Poetry. Visit her website: chelseadingman.com.
Thaw announces the beginning of a poetic career readers of
poetry will be following for the ages, because Dingman is a poet
for the ages. The sheer beauty of her poems, with their tremendous
lyric power, will make a believer out of you. Her work takes those
difficult moments we experience in silence and in grief and gives
them imagistic force so sharp and detailed that we, as readers, are
tempted to look away. But we don't, because this poet's siren song
is one we can't help but listen to, despite the hard truths on
display.--Allison Joseph "author of My Father's Kites: Poems "
Anyone seeking the gossipy shadows traumas can cast will be disappointed in Thaw; these poems, like the sky, are choosy about what they'll let fall from their mysterious hands.--Amie Whittemore "Southern Indiana Review "