Patricia Gray

Patricia Gray was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in the Shenandoah Valley, not far from Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1983 she received an MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia and was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. Since 1994, she has coordinated the Poetry at Noon program at the Library of Congress. She has also taught poetry writing in the Washington area, including a class in modern poetry at the Smithsonian. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines, such as Poetry International, Poetry East, the MacGuffin, Shenandoah, and in the online publications and In 2000 and 2002, she received artist fellowships in poetry from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She lives and works on Capitol Hill and bothers her son constantly with computer questions.

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Patricia Gray

Publication Date: September 1, 2004

$12.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 978-1-888996-94-4




Rupture is the lyrical account of a woman’s life as it comes apart and reforms, becoming stronger and more vibrant over time. By returning to an earth-nurtured past, the author brings ancient knowledge forward in powerful fragments to seed her urban reality with “contagious magic.” Believing that things once in contact continue to act upon each other, she moves between opposites, stitching them together, sometimes leaving bruises. In the process, lyrical bridges are built between male and female, myth and reality, science and ancient knowledge, urban and rural sensibilities, allowing them to nourish, rather than drain, each other. At the bottom of it all, is the rupture of family, from which the poet to find new ways to trust and hope.