The Art of Waking Up — A Reprobate / GobQ Book

The Art of Waking Up by Brenda Taulbee

Publication Date: June 30, 2020
Trade Paper, 100 pages, 5" x 7"
Second edition
ISBN: 978-1-68454-469-1

These poems are about poverty, family, loss, the vast significance of the everyday, the wisdom of eating when you are hungry, and through all this, about love.

"Brenda Taulbee's poems give my spine reverb, like poetry is meant to, like only poetry that matters, can."
Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water and The Book of Joan

"Brenda Taulbee's writing, beautiful and raw, brings readers with her to stand in the kitchen with her mother or describe the sounds of bones or bodies shifting and bending. Her stories keep you seeking more."
Nastashia Minto, author of Naked

"Her poems are told like a secret, filled with yearning: ephemeral and visceral."
Amy Temple Harper, author of Cramped Uptown

"Taulbee is a full force wind, a mountain, a river, a whisper, an echo, a flood, a tether, a lifeboat, a maker of new things, creator of beautiful worlds in the painful spaces in cruel realities."
Jenny Forrester, author of Narrow River, Wide Sky and Soft-Hearted Stories

"She produces clouds of circumstantial items recognizable to most of us who have lives: a mattress strapped to a jeep, the kindness of a stanger in a heavy rain storm, that little tab broken off the back of the video control."
Douglas Spangle, author of A White Concrete Day

"Brenda Taulbee is a mushroom which doesn't appear in my field guide. Her poetry is graffiti composed as an exquisite tattoo. I stare at inscriptions carved into her flesh while trying to avoid eye contact."
Casey Bush, author of Student of the Hippocampus; editor, The Bear Deluxe

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