Avoiding the Rapture is a collection of poems about survival—surviving childhood, religion, and the ways girls are taught they should behave. Karen J. Weyant opens the Rust Belt to the reader and shows them what life is like there: hard and grizzly, but with hints of tenderness and hope. We meet troubled boys and adventurous girls, we meet the survivors of a difficult life, we meet those who are scraping by and those who aren’t. This collection shows that even the difficult can be beautiful, that even the hard can contain softness. Ultimately, this collection shows the reader that to survive, one must be willing to fight for it, but if they do, they’re rewarded with a lush and vibrant life.
About the author:
Karen J.Weyant is an Associate Professor of English at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York. Her poems have appeared in a number of journals including Chautauqua, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Harpur Palate, Lake Effect, Rattle, River Styx, Spillway, Slipstream, and Whiskey Island. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Stealing Dust and Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt; Avoiding the Rapture is her first full-length collection. She lives in Warren, Pennsylvania, with her partner, Anthony Patalano, and four unruly felines.