Red Channel in the Rupture

Red Channel in the Rupture is a gathering place for the troubling abuses of the past. Looking through the lens of the present moment, Thomas shows us the open palm necessary to embrace change, as she finds beauty in bodies gnashed, trapped, and crushed into change. Images and experiences bleed together as we confront with the poet the animal of loss and death. Moving through the aperture of landscapes and moments that have defined this poet, we discover the rupturing territory of time and change. We recover absolution for what has tried to kill our very souls. Here is the endless rope thrown out to all of us in our shame and fear; we would be wise to snatch this coil from the air.


“Amber Flora Thomas has an eye for the pathos and brutality of living things and landscapes, but she renders this brutality with startling tenderness. In Red Channel in the Rupture, her voice is fresh, fierce and wildly alive.”—Camille T. Dungy, author of Trophic Cascade

“Amber Flora Thomas crafts poems of essential light via photography, via the natural world. One poem asserts, I was low with ruptures I’d lived through, / regions of tear and ache. Ruptures sexual violence, the jagged contusions of seismic grief, the obliteration of half of herself by passing. This poet knows gnawing and hunger, knows that a current / must take the shore with it eventually. Before it does, we have her poems, wild as mountain lions, hot as Santa Ana winds, delicious as ripe blackberries wicked in fine gold hairs. Vibrant and sensual, these poems nourish us.”—Peggy Shumaker, author of Cairn

A collage of a colorful garden with white script that reads Red Channel in the Rupture by Amber Flora Thomas.

Amber Flora Thomas

Publication Date: September 18, 2018

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Red Hen Press

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ISBN: 978-1-59709-619-5