JACOB’S HIP: POEMS (forthcoming)

In the middle of grad school and probation, a new family unit was born. Jacob’s Hip is a collection of poems about fighting to stick together through pregnancy, prison, and heartbreak. There’s sex and bedbugs and death and more. Forthcoming.

Poem list:

Pregnant in Grad School
After Prison
You Have a Pre-Paid Call
Repeat Visitor
Epilogue (black caulk)
With Man and With God
The Property of Easiness
Waiting with Strangers
This Love Will Undo Us All
You Choose Your Family

About the writer:

Rachel Wagner is a writer from New Jersey, currently living in Newark. She has three other books out, which are all non-fiction—FEM: New Millennium Beauty & Fashion, Abandonment Issues: Alive in New Jersey, and Back Like I Never Left: Dating as a Single Mother—plus poems and shorter prose pieces. She also runs Ten Dollar Books and just started a blog called Girltalk.

About the artist:

Nasreen Khan is an artist and writer living in Indianapolis by way of New York City. She grew up in West Africa and Indonesia and writes poetry to stay sane. She’s a lover of yellow roses and hard liquor and on a Friday night she can be found cooking various organ meats or chasing down a stellar mint julep.


Notes from the Red Wheelbarrow Poetry workshop, on the first three pieces
Wonderful, biting, emotionally fraught stories… what makes these pieces great is their vertiginous headlong voice, and their absolute grasp of the knots, the speed bumps and the hard landings that communicate that anguish of prison most quickly. Great stuff. Read it.

Greg Iannarella, early reader
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