White Sea, Cleopatra Mathis
The core of this collection (Mathis' sixth) is a brave confrontation with last things, an audacious search for the soul. Set in Provincetown, with a backdrop of frigid ocean, the poems exhibit a new solitariness, after many losses and reversals.
Mathis is the author of five previous collections of poetry, including What to Tip the Boatman?, winner of the 2001 Jane Kenyon Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Tri-Quarterly, The Southern Review, and many other journals and anthologies. Since 1982, she has taught at Dartmouth College, where she currently directs the creative writing program.