When We Almost Drowned
"In "Triggers," Jessica Barksdale lists: 'Anything that lives and then dies. Anything in its dead state. Anything while it is alive." When We Almost Drowned is a pitch-perfect exploration of "the ugly dream/ of the world" that cannot be ignored and the beauty that is "almost unbearable to watch." These deft poems witness, open-eyed and open-hearted, all of it: our capacity for pain, our capacity for joy, and our ability to hold seemingly endless amounts of both."
- Maggie Smith, author of Good Bones and The Well Speaks of its Own Poison