Poem of the Week

Poem of the Week: "Oh, wow, mausoleums,"

In celebration of our twentieth birthday, we want to offer you the gift of a weekly poem selected by a Sarabande staff member. Today's poem was selected by our Director of Marketing, Kristen Radtke, from Kathleen Ossip's forthcoming collection, The Do-Over.

A Note from Kristen Radtke:

Dear Reader:

I’ve always felt lucky to work for a press that focuses on some of the publishing world’s underrepresented genres—poetry, short fiction, and essays. Sarabande has launched careers for extraordinary writers like Paul Yoon (Once the Shore) and Caitlin Horrocks (This is Not Your City), and we’ve got some incredible debuts forthcoming, too—Arna Bontemps Hemenway’s Elegy on Kinderklavier (short stories, July), Kerry Howley’s Thrown (essay, October), and so many others. 

What’s equally exciting is creating a home for writers, and a place where authors can continue to publish and thrive as their careers advance. Sarabande published Kathleen Ossip’s poetry collection The Cold War in 2011 to stellar reviews in the New York Times Book ReviewThe NationHuffington Post, and many others, and earned itself a spot on Publishers Weekly’s best books of the year list. I’m thrilled to have her back with us for the publication of her third book, The Do-Over, in February of next year. 

As an independent press that publishes only about ten books a year, I’m so grateful that Sarbande is able to both launch writers and sustain careers. Above all, I’m grateful to have the support of so many devoted readers, writers, and partners who make what we do possible.



In Gratitude: All donors giving $15 or more will receive a letterpress-printed poem by a Sarabande poet.

See last week's poem: Click here to view previous poems selected by Sarabande staff members.