Smart, nuanced, lush in their beauty, yet never unaware of beauty's price, the poems in Mule & Pear
meditate on what to do with the ghosts of history by which, as if inevitably, we find ourselves now shaped, now cornered, and now inhabited -- each of us, then, an unwitting vessel made to carry the past forward. --Carl Phillips
Griffiths gifts us with deleted scenes, alternate endings, and a VIP pass to wander the sets of some of the greatest literature of our time. The reader won't be able to resist the urge to reread Hurston, Morrison, Larson, et. al. or put this new way of seeing perhaps a new poetry technology down. But what else should we expect from an artist who sees the world through so many mediums? --Frank X Walker
About the Author
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet, writer, painter and photographer. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a MA in English Literature from the University of Delaware. A Cave Canem Fellow, she is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, Soul Mountain, and others. Her literary and visual work has appeared in Callaloo, The New York Times, Crab Orchard Review, RATTLE, Indiana Review, Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Poetry
, and many others. Griffiths is the author of two books, MULE & PEAR (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2011) and MIRACLE ARRHYTHMIA (Aquarius Press/Willow Books, 2010), and two chapbooks, Turn of Heaven
(Paris Boulevard Press, 2009) and According to Beauty
(Paris Boulevard Press, 2010). She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York.