Faith Garbin, Author
Cover Art by Katie Kelleher
Headshot by Lyndsey Richardson - Richardson Studios
Published by Negative Capability Press
"In How We Bury Our Dead, Faith Garbin's lush poems are an uncompromising encounter with how "the silver scissors of madness and fate cut up all of our dreams." In embracing existence that is fragile as a shell, Garbin continues to display strength needed for a person to continue going through daily tasks in spite of painful family encounters and loss that threaten to overcome and strangle like morning glory that is not uprooted. Ultimately Garbin comes to terms with the knowledge that each person is left alone with their need, their desire at the moment of death. These are not poems that can be sailed out into the night, into the blackness. They will return to boomerang the heart."
--Vivian Shipley, award-winning poet, and editor of the Connecticut Review
Faith Garbin lives on the Gulf Coast in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, with her husband, Frank. Although poetry is her first love, she also writes creative nonfiction and short stories. Her work has appeared in Negative Capability Journal: Body in D[ist]ress, Katrina Memories, The Awakenings Review, and Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology, among others. A co-founder of Women of Words (WOW), she is also a member of the Poetry Society of America, the Mississippi Poetry Society, the Gulf Coast Writers’ Association, and the Alabama Writers’ Conclave. She has placed or been a finalist in the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society’s Creative Writing Competition and the Alabama Writers' Conclave competition in the poetry and essay categories. Her degree is in English from Virginia Tech. She has two daughters and twin granddaughters.
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"More than 30 years ago Faith (Hawks) Garbin, while a student in my
Virginia Tech fiction workshop, won the Hollins College Literary
Festival with a short story that one of my colleagues called “the
scariest thing I’ve ever read.” Now, all these years later, How
We Bury Our Dead proves that Faith Garbin is adept at
poetry as well, with a debut collection that is scary in its frankness.
Each taut poem cuts to the bone and leaves us wondering—what will Faith
Garbin write next?"
breadth of this book of poetry is large. Readers are invited into a
family history that takes place on the bodies of its members. The
subject matter ranges from child abuse to self-mutilation, and poems are
both paintings and testaments to survival. They are like badges, and
anchors, as well, and the reader hangs onto them as they take us through
the lives of those whose stories they tell."
many ways do we lose people, innocence, ourselves? How We
Bury Our Dead is a collection of well-crafted poems that
stares unblinking into
loss, grief, and the ensuing chaos
and entropy. The poems are the survival technique, employing courage,
vulnerability and humor to build meaning from loss."