Lost City Museum
ELJ Publications, October 2016
Praise for Lost City Museum
"Layered and nuanced, the poems of Lost City Museum submerge us in worlds fashioned out of our world. We find ourselves in sea or fog, in petrified lava, in glass, in night, in an organ’s pipes of bones. And always, always, we are submerged in language that rouses and compels. These are deeply inhabited landscapes, precise and perceptive. It’s such a pleasure to lose oneself in Lost City Museum that one might wish never to be found."
--Beth Ann Fennelly
"Stacey Balkun writes insatiably curious and fearless poems, like a deep-sea diver or oceanographer showing us a new world. Lost City Museum excavates underwater cities, the ocean floor, a father’s death, a marriage, and the body with boundless talent and an ocean-sized heart. Balkun crafts poems like underwater treasures brought to the surface, like museum artifacts housed in glass. “This is how to swim and still feel holy,” she instructs, and we do. You’ll feel new. The ambitious discoveries in these poems are a pure delight."
"Stacey Balkun’s Lost City Museum navigates the depths of grief while simultaneously singing everywhere shining new love. This poet’s power is her precision—of language, of image, of the heart’s buried maps. These are poems that rise like 'prayer // turned-paper-boat cast out into the ocean.' They support 'a jetty built from an old graveyard, invented land // jutted like jawbone.' Balkun is a cartographer building her own Atlantis, and we are lucky to enter her world: for admission she’ll only charge 'a handful of pennies / and a promise to dive / after them.'"
Poems from Lost City Museum
Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak
dancing girl press, May 2016
Praise for Jackalope-Girl
"Magical, gut-punching, familial myth braided with a powerful assertion of the self. Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak is domestic fabulism, a branch of magical realism, at its sharpest--weaving together the heart-strings in gorgeously tight lyrics of a birthmother & the daughter she placed for adoption. The fairy tale structure asks readers to re-evaluate, to examine deeply, whatever we think we understand about family ties. Balkun's poems captivate completely."
"the real wonder of the collection is the extended metaphor Balkun builds, simultaneously, about alienation, adoption, and those who feel like transplants in their own families. Highly recommended! "
"Wow! I loved reading this. You can tell Stacey knows what she's doing, and Dancing Girl Press really got extremely lucky with this chapbook. And just because I feel like it, I'm going to do a list of reasons why."
--Tiegan Dakin, Heart, What Art Are You?
Poems from Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak