Thanks to the fine editors of the Origami Poems Project for publishing my micro-chapbook and to Laura Burke for gorgeous artwork “What comes through” on the cover. You can read the poems or download a printable PDF to fold into a 6-page micro-chapbook for free!
“Back to Trish Hopkinson’s microchap, with the sheepish admission that I didn’t fold it correctly, but I loved it anyway. Reconstructed Happiness enfolds three poems. In ‘My Matter,’ the word matter is bisected into its concrete meaning (as in, ‘anything that has mass and volume’) and its use in the abstract-concrete sense (bear with me here) of to be relevant or important, sometimes referred to as ‘material.’ The poem reaches for the concept of ‘we are stardust,’ in many forms: dust, pollen, ‘a dove’s blurred wing,’ or dirt ‘caked beneath toenails.’ It ends with string theory: ‘Pressure peels / threads from my skin, unravels / Into streams of floating string.’ “
Tremendous thanks to the fine editors of Yavanika Press for publishing my fourth chapbook and to my amazing daughter Clementine for creating the cover art. You can download Almost Famous as an echapbook for free!
Praise for Almost Famous:
Trish Hopkinson’s fourth chapbook Almost Famous brims with evocative imagery. “My memories have taste buds. / Every moment has a different palate and lingers on my teeth,” Hopkinson writes. Her poignant and personal poems draw the reader into a vividly rendered childhood. Set in a sometimes nomadic home-life where doors are “thin enough for a fist” and “the kitchen wears its linoleum like a polyester suit,” uncertainty, danger, and death seem constantly close at hand. These emotionally rich poems reveal the life of a young woman coming into her own, from an unsettling birth to traumatic teen years, “fourteen flipped on its hip bearing womanhood.” In Almost Famous, Hopkinson gifts us with poem after poem that boldly speaks its truth.
–Nancy Chen Long, author of Light into Bodies
Trish Hopkinson is a consummate storyteller. Starting with her own precisely envisaged birth, and employing a brutal sort of honesty, Almost Famous brings family origin stories alive with vibrant and closely-observed imagery. Stepwise through years, with each poem immersed in its own moment, these narratives span the evolving viewpoint of a child, an adolescent, and finally, a grown woman, as she transports readers through “Birthday after birthday after birthday after birthday after.” Hopkinson is a poet; with this book, she again proves to be a very fine poet.
–Risa Denenberg, Curator, The Poetry Cafe Online
In the poems in Almost Famous, Trish Hopkinson takes the reader on a circular journey through motherhood and what it means to be a daughter back to motherhood. Hopkinson writes with taut lyricism about the violences that can subsume a family from a daughter’s birth to life’s everyday stresses that explode into abuse and drug addiction. Here, in poems both stark and expansive, the speaker claws her way out of her past by reclaiming her sexuality and creating her own family.
–Avery M. Guess, author of The Truth Is
Click here to order my third chapbook Footnote, published by Lithic Press. The book was released in July 2017.
You can read all about how the book came to be in my interview with Nancy Chen Long in her series Chapbook Chat.
What other poets are saying about Footnote…
“She holds a handful of earth / she must say it to understand it.” This scene, from a poem that engages Rainer Maria Rilke as well as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, is a gorgeously emblematic and enigmatic moment in Trish Hopkinson’s Footnote. This collection is obsessed with the miracle of words and the mouths that say them, the bodies that carry them out and back in, deliciously, deliriously. From Emily Dickinson to Amiri Baraka to David Lynch to Sylvia Plath to Pablo Neruda to Janis Joplin, these poems perform erasures, palimpsests, collages, ventriloquisms, haunted monologues, dreams in which the physical dances with the metaphysical so that the stormy dream of language can enter us. And then we see how “we are driven by our own ceremonies, / by whirling words.” Hopkinson understands that the best conversation is a transformation, in which the words one has inherited are reinvented. Footnote reminds us that the act of saying is something we may never fully understand–and that is cause for whirling joy.
–Chen Chen, author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities
“What elegant control and preciseness in Trish Hopkinson’s chapbook, Footnote. These response poems pay homage to the great artists, singers, filmmakers and other writers like Amiri Baraka, Octavio Paz, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Rainer Maria Rilke, Ai, Janis Joplin, and Pablo Neruda. In “A Room Made of Poetry,” a found poem from Laura Hamblin’s The Eyes of a Flounder, Hopkinson writes: “Here you can wait,/ with desire, with/ roots exposed/ for an open womb. That heart-balm/ as hope./ The raw bent/ a bowl of fruit/ in a language I never knew . . .” This is exactly the feeling these poems evoke: in the rhythm of response and found poems, and forms like reverse snowballs and erasures, Hopkinson covers so much ground, giving readers a taste of art from across the centuries and the world. Footnote must simply be savored and re-read.”
–Nicole Rollender, author of Louder Than Everything You Love and Ghost Tongue
Click here to read Pieced Into Treetops, my second chapbook, finished summer of 2013 for the 30 Poems in 30 Days contest. These 30 poems were based on daily prompts and placed second. The cover art is a photograph taken by my daughter.
Click here to read Emissions, my first chapbook, finished in 2012. It received an honorable mention award in the Poetry Anthology category in the League of Utah Writers annual writing contest. The origina art included was created mostly by my son, with one by my daughter.