Mom’s Canoe is a chapbook of 24 poems rooted in the author’s memories of growing up in the Allegheny Mountains in western Pennsylvania, an area of rich farmland and thickly wooded hills and valleys that was also the site of heavy coal mining and railroading activity in the last century. The eventual decline of those industries and the environmental and economic devastation left in their wake are important themes in this book, which also pays tribute to the enduring natural beauty of the region and to the strength, suffering, and joy of the people who have made their lives there.
In 2007 REBECCA FOUST’s book Dark Card won the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize (Texas Review Press), and her full-length manuscript was a finalist for Poetry’s Emily Dickinson First Book Award. A finalist in five competitions, a second chapbook, Mom’s Canoe, won the Robert Phillips Poetry Prize in 2008. Foust’s recent poetry was nominated for two Pushcart Awards and appears or is forthcoming in Atlanta Review, Margie, North American Review, Nimrod, Spoon River Poetry Review, and others.
What Readers Are Saying:
“Rebecca Foust’s work is beginning to garner attention. I found these poems astonishingly strong and beautiful. It’s not common for me to find an unpublished collection of poems as good as this one.” --Susan Griffin