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The Commonplace Misfortunes of Everyday Plants

The Commonplace Misfortunes of Everyday Plants

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The Commonplace Misfortunes of Everyday Plants, by Renee Emerson (Belle Point Chaps #3)

The Commonplace Misfortunes of Everyday Plants invites us to consider the difficulty of caring for living things. At the heart of such reflections lies an undercurrent of grief over the loss of a child and the trouble in finding ways to keep living. From neglected office plants or parking lot shrubs to roadside grass and backyard blooms, Renee Emerson evokes the sacramental through the most ephemerally permanent materials around us.

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Renee Emerson is the author of the poetry collections Keeping Me Still (Winter Goose Publishing 2014), Threshing Floor (Jacar Press 2016), and Church Ladies (Fernwood Press, forthcoming). She is also the author of the middle grade novel Why Silas Miller Must Learn to Ride a Bike (Wintergoose Publishing 2022). She lives in the Midwest with her husband and children.

Read a review in Trampoline.

Read an interview with Renee in Speaking of Marvels.

Read a review in Front Porch Republic.


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    • Publication date: January 17, 2023
    • Trim size: 5x7 in
    • 32 pages
    • ISBN: 979-8-9858965-4-1
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