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Book Cover

Cover design by David Blakesley. Cover image: © Kiki Smith and Universal Limited Art Editions, Inc. “Etc., Etc.” 1999. Photogravure on mold-made Hanemühle paper and collaged lithograph and photolithograph on handmade and machine-made Japanese paper. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licenced by SCALA/Art Resource, NY.


My debut collection of poems, THE FOREVER NOTES has just been published by Parlor Press.

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The poems of The Forever Notes are canny and lyrical and never a word too long. Many are song-like, repeating the things that are most important to them over and over to make them stay:  “You and the trees/ Trees and the night around you.”  Others tell small stories, utterly clear line by line but elusive, almost elegiac, in their slides of feeling and shifts of thought. They feel like a life you must have lived but can’t quite remember, like a dream you try to tell even as it fades behind you. Ethel Rackin’s wistful and whimsical “Notes” and “Pictures” and “Songs” are brief glances and glancing blows, each so understated and tantalizing that it seems to call for another and another, until without quite realizing it you’ve read the book straight through. —James Richardson Plato wrote in the Timaeus of time as the moving image of eternity. In Ethel Rackin’s The F…