What a range of feeling Rhett Iseman Trull captures in The Real Warnings! With a dramatist's sense of story and an actor's skill in timing, she gives us everything from adolescent confusion to strung-out loneliness, from the emptiness of unrequited love to the joy of fulfillment, from the celebration of new birth to sorrow for departures. Her foreknowledge is powerfully unsettling, while her respect for the present detail is reverent: 'What I can't say, the tipped-over shopping cart outside Wal-Mart / says for me. Here is a brilliant, caring, and telling new voice. They don't come all that often and never better than this one. --Fred Chappell
Open this book up anywhere and you'll find a poem of fierce and uncompromising energy and insight, a poem that doesn' t pull any punches or take any prisoners, a poem that will both stun and uplift, even as it wounds and sometimes descends into darkness. I've never read a poet who understands more fully the brutal paradoxes of love and of loving damaged things, nor have I ever read one whose epiphanies felt truer. Even more than the real warnings, this collection represents the real thing and you'll be changed by reading it. --Sheryl St. Germain
About the Author
Rhett Iseman Trull's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2008, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and other publications. Her awards include prizes from the Academy of American Poets and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. She received her B.A. from Duke University and her M.F.A from University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where she was a Randall Jarrell fellow. She and her husband publish Cave Wall in Greensboro, North Carolina.