Guest Author - Poet Jenny Molberg joins us to host our February Book Club!
Join us for our February Book Club discussion of Jenny' Molberg's newest book REFUSAL, hosted by the AUTHOR HERSELF! We are so excited!
On Jenny Molberg's latest book of poems, REFUSAL:
In Refusal, her searing new collection of poetry, Jenny Molberg draws on elements of the uncanny--invented hospitals, the Demogorgon of Dungeons & Dragons, an Ophelia character who refuses suicide--to investigate trauma, addiction, and forces of oppression. Exposing the effects of widespread toxic misogyny, this confrontational volume examines societal, cultural, and personal gaslighting in situations of domestic abuse. As Molberg writes in "Loving Ophelia Is," "love and hate simultaneously is the trick of abuse / and the trick of abuse is a vexation of the mind." A sequence of epistolary poems looks to friendship as a safe haven from violent romantic relationships, while another series on a mother's struggle with addiction captures the complicated nature of a parent-child relationship affected by alcoholism. Refusal seeks to break silences and to interrogate a cultural misogyny that weighs heavily on a woman's position in the world.
"Molberg teaches me the importance of women in healing—in mothers, in friendship, in a squid as an emblematic feminist. The polyphony of voices against abuse becomes love as coalition as collective as a community. This book is my heart's hospital, my anthem of refusal.” —Traci Brimhall, author of Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod
"The brilliant index around which these poems spin is the image of the hospital for our previously undiagnosed wounds of the mind and spirit...Refusal establishes her as one of the leading poets of her generation."—David Keplinger, author of Another City, winner of the 2019 Rilke Prize
"Jenny Molberg has reinvented the confessional poem as a heroine’s journey. A poet in the Orphic tradition, she journeys into the Underworld to rescue her speakers, her Penelope, her Ophelia, her battered and accused and underestimated and gaslighted Eurydices. She brings them line by exquisite line back to the world of the living. She’s nobody’s fool and she knows what’s at stake...In Refusal she writes a world where her speakers become free to look back or forward or cast their gaze in any dark corner that could use a little light."—Kathryn Nuernberger, author of Rue