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New Book About Autism and Parenting

Postby PoetMamma » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:42 pm

Greetings, AutismWeb!

I am contacting you because I’d like to spread the news of the release of my new chapbook of poems. My book details my experiences as a mother of a child with Autism. I thought the book might be of interest to members in this community. All royalties for this collection will be donated to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. You can read more about the book, below.

Precipice Fruit tells the story of Jenna, a young girl with an autistic spectrum diagnosis whose spirit transcends the stigmatizing forces around her. Often pigeon holed, manhandled, and misunderstood by her doctors and teachers, Jenna blossoms into a young girl with a perspective entirely her own. Different points of view clash against each other in this series of poems—the cold objectivity of the clinician, the private terror and faith of the mother, the punitive decree of the teacher, the spirited self-narration of the child. These voices struggle against each other, leaving us to consider how institutions author children with a disabilities, and the harm they do in the process.

Early Feedback on the Book:

"In the poem “At the Library,” the speaker declares “When we go in, we go through.” This is the journey we are taken on in Sara Biggs Chaney’s Precipice Fruit. Co-opting the language of the clinician, of the I.E.P. summary, of the fearful parent, and finally the child, she weaves these disparate voices into a single narrative. We begin at what is unknown and therefore fearful, and we end on what is unknowable and therefore filled with hope. It is a deft examination of love, grief, and the reclamation of joy." ~ Liz Kay, editor burntdistrict

"Sara Biggs Chaney is a poet of many voices, and Precipice Fruit is a chapbook that allows these voices, in all their authenticity and sincerity, to ring clean and true. Through teacher’s notes, clinical observations, a mother’s lament, and a child’s imagination, Biggs Chaney writes of creation, language, and a parent’s helplessness when faced with a child’s life-long disability. This is not a book about autism, but rather a book that reminds us there is sometimes harmony in dissonance, that the world is a chaotic battlefield of sound and dance, that we can be “fire weeds” and “kiss the glass / make it shiver.” These poems speak of the body’s palpable and aural connection to both natural and manmade worlds, to grass and mountains, windows and doors, and ultimately remind us how the “Body guards the story” and remembers."~Mary Stone Dockery, author of One Last Cigarette

"Sara Biggs Chaney’s poetry is plaintive, yet filled with moments of unexpected joy. Her language is bright, precise, unexpected. Precipice Fruit captures all the tiny beauties in a landscape of loss. Reach for it."~Sara Rauch, editor, Cactus Heart

You can read more at the link below, or respond to this letter to request a review copy. ... pice+fruit

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Thank you, and I hope to hear from you in the future,
Sara Biggs Chaney

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