Bree Rolfe's Poetry Collection WHO’S GOING TO LOVE THE DYING GIRL? Tackles Death and Disease with Perseverance
PORTLAND, OR; September 30, 2021— Who’s Going to Love the Dying Girl? by Bree Rolfe tells the story of a woman diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis who is trying to navigate life and love in a body that is failing. These poems capture the collision of a reckless past and a foreshortened future with unwavering honesty. They confront the title question thrown at her one terrible night.
From the Book
You came here for simple things
you thought would make everything better--
bathtubs and driveways and backyards.
But you never use these things.
Never soak in the bath
or swing in the hammock or rock
in the chair you coveted
for years and finally bought.
Praise for Bree Rolfe’s WHO’S GOING TO LOVE THE DYING GIRL?
“It all unravels, Bree Rolfe announces in the beginning of this confident, self-possessed collection. But these savvy, canny poems don’t concern themselves with re-knitting what’s already unknotted. Instead, they situate themselves right in the big, fat, fucked-up middle of the mess that life makes of us all. These poems are keenly observant, prescient, sardonic, and infused with some of the most unimpeachably glorious gallows humor I’ve ever encountered. But more importantly? They are honest and undisguised. At the center of Who’s Going to Love the Dying Girl? is a heartbreakingly frank examination of that which makes us most human: tangible, mortal loss. Read this book now.”
--Jill Alexander Essbaum, author of Would-Land.
“Bree Rolfe is an effortlessly beautiful lyricist, and a storyteller of the highest order. The title of her debut collection is sad, and it’s plaintive, and that isn’t a bait and switch — her poems are, too. But beyond sadness and plaintiveness (already fine goals for poems, and Rolfe hits the notes perfectly) the pieces in this collection are something more rare: wholly true. And not like “based on a true story” true, but the sort of conceptual, difficult, real life truth that doesn’t have easy answers. With deftness, Rolfe makes poetic explorations of illness, abuse, codependency and loss as relatable and moving to readers as those of friendship, perseverance and love. This book is a gem. Read it immediately.”
--Jessica Piazza, author of Interrobang
“Bree Rolfe’s “Who’s Going To Love The Dying Girl?” reminds us of our own mortality, while managing to feed us those heavy truths battered in a combination of sharp, dark humor, bittersweet nostalgia & a type of subtle but profound, omnipresent romance that I’ve rarely encountered in writing. Via reflections on youth, aging, love and loss , Rolfe manages to transport us back to defining moments of her history while firmly cementing her place as a middle aged woman living with “a child’s disease” of cystic fibrosis.
--Ceschi Ramos, hip hop artist & owner of Fake Four Records
About Bree Rolfe
Bree A. Rolfe lives in Austin, TX, where she teaches writing and literature to the mostly reluctant, but always lovable, teenagers at James Bowie High School. She is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, where she worked as a music journalist for 10 years before she decided she wanted to dedicate her life to writing poetry and teaching. Her work has appeared in Saul Williams’s poetry anthology, Chorus: A Literary Mixtape, the Barefoot Muse Anthology, Forgetting Home: Poems About Alzheimer’s, the Redpaint Hill Anthology, Mother is a Verb, and 5AM Magazine. She holds an MFA from the Writing Seminars at Bennington College. Her first chapbook, Who's Going to Love the Dying Girl?, is forthcoming from Unsolicited Press in September of 2021. http://breerolfe.com/
About Unsolicited Press
Unsolicited Press was founded in 2012 and is based in Portland, OR. The press strives to produce exceptional works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from award-winning authors. Learn more at www.unsolicitedpress.com.
WHO'S GOING TO LOVE THE DYING GIRL? available on September 30, 2021 as a paperback (54 p.; 978-1-950730-77-3) and e-book (all major retailers). The title is distributed to the trade by Ingram. The author is open to speaking opportunities, interviews with the media, and readings. Electronic review copies are available upon request.
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