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Ceremonies for No Repair

ISBN: 9798989096213
Binding: Paperback
Author: Paula Cisewski
Pages: 100
Trim: 6 x 9 inches
Published: 02/06/2024

In Ceremonies for No Repair, Paula Cisewski challenges us to examine our grief for the depths of our care. Set in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, this hybrid of poetry, prose, and images is a collage of personal and universal sorrows: a surprise divorce, an uprising, a mother's death in quarantine. Less narrative than aggregate, it is a book about staying present and moving both with and through. It is an accrual of small moments and actions that, together, gesture toward hope.


Paula Cisewski is a poet, editor, artist, educator, and curator. She is also the author of The Becoming Game (Hanging Loose Press, 2025), ​Quitter (Diode Editions Book Prize winner), The Threatened Everything, Ghost Fargo (Nightboat Poetry Prize winner, selected by Franz Wright), Upon Arrival, and several chapbooks. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from organizations including the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Oberholtzer Foundation, and Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts.


"Night skull elegy, matrilineal pandemic pillow book, harrowing florilegium, red-threaded unbinding spell, Paula Cisewski's Ceremonies for No Repair descends into the mouth of the lion called care. Down its milky throat and once thought. Into its green heart of radiant grief. Teeth of the lion a crown of sonnets on a queen of sorrow and strength, these are ceremonies to remember unraveling in the time of Mother Corona, to abracadabra the difficult act of keeping oneself alive letter by letter by bearing witness to the cords that once bound, now dissolved." - Elisabeth Workman

"The inclusion of art and of the footnotes, and of the diary-like material alongside poems creates this vision of Cisewski's artistic process and radiates outward to echo the artistic processes of others: like THIS IS WHAT ART IS: these are the materials. This is how we transform the shit into flowers. It's really powerful as it accumulates across the book." - Danika Stegeman