Maida Vale, London, UK

The Watermark

By Alice Anderson

At turns heartwrenching and redeeming,The Watermarkexplores an American Southern life gone horribly awry. Rich with star-soaked skies and bayou-sodden locales, the poems propel the reader through hurricanes and heartache. Anderson explores the sharp destruction of childhood abuse and the unruly abandon of love and sex, finding grace within calamity. The Watermarkdraws a map of the human heart, with Anderson its fierce cartographer.

Alice Anderson is the author of Human Nature: Poems, awarded the Best First Book Prize from the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the Elmer Holmes Bobst Prize for Emerging Writers. Anderson holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and her memoir, I’ll Fly Away, is from St. Martin’s Press.