Testimonials

ABOUT NAVIGATION:

“Brittney Corrigan’s poems are richly narrative, deeply engaging, and warm. And they always have been. She writes poems that matter to other people because they emerge so authentically from the life she is living at every wonderful and mysterious moment. Every confounding and haunting moment. Her fine poems carry you into themselves and back into your own life with more vigor and understanding.”
– Naomi Shihab Nye, author of You & Yours

“In Brittney Corrigan’s poems dailiness is transfigured so that we are always seeming to meet the ordinary dramas of life in unexpected ways, and with the gift of unexpected insight. Her poems are full of ‘just the thing/you think you know/but you don’t,’ brought to us in language that is at once welcoming and deeply meditative. If her work has a tutelary deity it is the god of small things, who is also, of course, the god of the biggest things. After reading these poems, we know they are one and the same.”
– Ger Killeen, author of Blood Orbits

“‘My hands are full of small eggs, small flowers,/delicate hope.  What of this is ordinary?’ writes Brittney Corrigan, and in her poems the answer is that the pulse of every day is made extraordinary as she chronicles the struggles and joys of family in a voice all too aware of a difficult world made all the more dear by our precarious place in it.”
– Maxine Scates, author of Black Loam

“Brittney Corrigan writes with piercing honesty about the bedeviling emotional challenges of parenting a child with autism: the guilt we feel over our seeming inadequacies, our finite patience, the moments we seem to favor the more typical sibling. I love Brittney’s poetry because it is neither pity party nor self-flagellation, but rather hope-infused, forward-thinking ‘truthiness’ that feels like an arm around the shoulder saying, ‘Yeah, we can do this.'”
– Ellen Notbohm
, author of Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

“Brittney Corrigan, in her poetry, has a way of slowing us down, showing us what we might have missed, because we were walking too quickly past our lives.”
– Kerry Cohen
, author of Seeing Ezra: A Mother’s Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal

 

ABOUT 40 WEEKS:

“Rarely do I read a book of poems in one sitting, but from the very first lines of this beautiful new sequence by Brittney Corrigan, my heart kept singing, ‘Yes, yes,’ and I was hooked. Never have I seen the wonder and joy, the ‘unbelievable/disbelief,’ of pregnancy described with such informed tenderness. Nor have I seen a more perfect suiting of form to content: tight, lyrical, sonorous couplets that balance and intertwine, with dazzling imagery, the physical growth as well as the growing cognition – week by week – of both fetus and mother. ‘You tip/the scales of my heart,’ Corrigan says to her unborn child, as she moves closer to giving birth. Reader, these poems will tip yours.”
Ingrid Wendt, winner of the Oregon Book Award and author of Evensong

“In 40 Weeks, Corrigan steeps the reader in a fresh cosmology of wonder. Through a bright, clarifying lens of witness and image, these poems sing the startling secrets of invention onto the page, into the body, into the world. I felt inhabited by these poems, returned to that fierce absolute of maternal welcome, cocooned in the tidal and timeless mystery of mingling, then dividing. I wish I’d had this collection of poems to initiate me into my own, 40-week transformation.”
Sage Cohen, author of Writing the Life Poetic

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