Wreckage: By Land & By Sea (poetry, to order click title or cover)

  • Finalist, Center for Book Arts Poetry Chapbook Prize
  • Finalist, GreenTower Press Poetry Chapbook Prize

Based in cartographic history ranging from colonial maps of Africa to medieval portolan charts, Wreckage: By Land & By Sea ranges across continents and consciousness, constrained and coordinated by bodies: of land and water, of mind and matter.

“Gretchen E. Henderson’s Wreckage is entangled as it entangles, netlike, the lonely history of the “wild surmise” (Keats) of colonialism. In ripe language saturated with serpent-like, sea-evoking sibilants, Henderson maps the deterritorializing territory of the ocean, the void, the voyager “In the shallows (wreck- / age) among shoals / of sheol, shell of soul.” In spite or because of the always-palpable pressure of horror, these poems move with abounding grace, like Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner, into an ecstatic embrace of “happy living things! no tongue / Their beauty might declare: / A spring of love gushed from my heart, / And I blessed them unaware.” So too are we blessed by these gorgeous and mysterious poems.”

~ Joshua Corey, author of Severance Songs and Selah

To read more about her publications, see here. To read about Gretchen’s other books, visit Ugliness: A Cultural HistoryGalerie de Difformité, On Marvellous Things Heard, or The House Enters the Street.