“With Audubon’s birds perched, like witnesses, in the corner of its and the readers’ imaginations, this intimate and moving collection sings a richly woven, whispery tale of their creation. At its center, Lucy Bakewell Audubon and her world of early America come to scrabbling, courageous life, one of sacrifice, mystery, and endurance—of love, in other words. What I find mysterious, to paraphrase a philosopher, is the background against which what I experience has its meaning. Juditha Dowd’s elegant and enchanting Audubon’s Sparrow provides a version of that background for these birds and these lives, against which they sing a newly meaningful song.”  —David Daniel, author of Ornaments

Our spring book, Audubon’s Sparrow: A Biography-in-Poems by Juditha Dowd, is now available! Nimbly written and sympathetically rendered, this verse biography is an enchanting blend of research and imagination—an indelible portrait of Lucy Bakewell Audubon, an American woman in need of rediscovery. Audubon’s Sparrow released on May 19: order your copy now!

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Rose Metal

  1. a fusible alloy with a low melting point consisting of 50% bismuth, 25-28% lead, and 22-25% tin. Also known as “rose’s metal” and “rose’s alloy,” rose metal is typically used as a solder
  2. an independent press dedicated to the publication of hybrid genres

Founded in 2006, Rose Metal Press is a not-for-profit publisher specializing in the publication of flash fiction and nonfiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked narrative poems; novellas-in-flash; lyric essays; text and image works; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional genres of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression.

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