Orison Books is pleased to announce that we will publish John Fry’s first full-length poetry collection, With the Dogstar as My Witness, a finalist for the 2017 Orison Poetry Prize, in 2018.
Organized around the canonical prayer hours, beginning in the evening and moving into morning (vespers, compline, vigils, lauds), and set in an ethereal South Texas landscape, the poems in With the Dogstar as My Witness wrestle with theological and deeply personal concerns in language that is wrenched almost to breaking, but which holds after all and forms a tapestry of (sometimes tortured) prayer.
FROM THE BOOK
how do you explain it
birdwings like brushstrokes.
shadow of heaven there are still times.
a voice said in no dream.
if the stars outnumber the dead.
early morning sky I am almost convinced.
though the heart can be blown out.
night’s wreckage dawn’s always.
some people actually inhabit their bodies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Fry received an AB in English from Davidson College in North Carolina and an MFA in Poetry from Texas State University-San Marcos. He is the author of the chapbook silt will swirl (New Border, 2012). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, West Branch, Blackbird, Tupelo Quarterly, Bellingham Review, Washington Square, Ruminate, and Waxwing, among other places, as well as in the anthologies New Border Voices (Texas A&M UP, 2014) and Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands (Aunt Lute, 2016). Fry is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is writing a dissertation on medieval English literature.