Goodbye, Silver Sister

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Publication Date
May 2015
Page Count
80 pages
Trim Size
6.125 x 8.5

Goodbye, Silver Sister

Jeanne Foster

Goodbye, Silver Sister, Jeanne Foster’s second collection of po­ems, opens with a series of poems about a girl coming of age in pre-Katrina New Orleans, informed and haunted by the magic of the city. The powerful Pearl River forms the dividing line be­tween adulthood and other worlds, both geographic and existen­tial: “death, divorce, and the thousand other ways I would lose faith in the breastplate of love.”

The collection is also an elegy for and tribute to the poet’s par­ents, who met in the WPA Artists’ Project. Through her poems she keeps them alive and is also able to say good-bye. Like the work of her mentor, James Wright, these poems reach far beyond the personal in their willingness to look at the un­seemly sides of being human within the context of a profound spiritual search.

About the Author

JEANNE FOSTER was raised in New Orleans, and now divides her time be­tween Berkeley, California, where she is a professor of English and creative writing at Saint Mary’s College, and Tuscany. She is a coeditor of Appetite: Food as Metaphor, an anthology of poems by women, and the author of a critical work, A Music of Grace: The Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry. Her previous poetry collection, A Blessing of Safe Travel, won the Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Hudson Review, Southern Review, TriQuarterly, and Plough­shares, among other publications.


“These poems create a world in which ‘Everything is kept, but nothing / is easily recovered.’ Foster conjures the immediacy of childhood perception as few poets can.”--Paul Breslin
“Jeanne Foster’s Goodbye, Silver Sister is a heartbreaking and beautiful collection. In lines rich with creaturely detail, Foster renders both ‘the common, awkward terror’ and the ‘forgotten beauty’ of individual lives. I’m convinced that we’ll be reading Jeanne Foster for many years to come.”--Peter Campion
“I found much to admire in this book. The poems are intelligent and deeply felt. The voice is strong and invites the reader into every poem. Jeanne Foster has a persuasive voice and one that communicates with her readers.”--Barbara Hamby
“Jeanne Foster is a poet of great originality, writing in a way that makes a reader feel he is entering deep into what Yeats called ‘the labyrinth of another’s being.’ . . . Foster’s poems are transgressive, hinting at forbidden areas of life in a very Southern, very New Orleansian way--if there is such a word. ‘Ashes’ is positively shocking. Tennessee Williams, another transgressive resident of New Orleans, would have applauded.”--Richard Tillinghast