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Then Winter

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Chloe Honum, Assistant Professor of English

This collection vividly traces the speaker’s journey in a psychiatric treatment facility. With precision and honesty, Honum cuts through the climate of silence surrounding mental illness and treatment. These fiercely intimate poems draw the reader into the boundaried world of a psychiatric ward, where moments of darkness exist alongside moments of humor and deep connection, and renders the natural world beyond the facility’s windows with piercing mystery and beauty.


"Honum returns in Then Winter to hollow out a space for herself alongside Jane Hirshfield as one of the best short poem writers we currently know...Already there is a transcendent quality to her work, which falls both as lightly and coldly as snow across the reader's back."

Katherine Frain, The Blueshift Journal


Bull City Press, 2017  ISBN 9781495157653