Jayne Marek's In and Out of Rough Water presents us with an acutely apprehended "Poetics of Place and Loss" in which wisdom is hard-won but also deeply celebrated. In groups of individual lyric poems as well as a masterful lyric sequence, "Nothing is Given," reminiscent of Roethke's journey across the North American continent, this work grows in power as we traverse the contours of the poet's inner landscape. "More than the eye with its parallax / of encroachment // and calculation," we are held across the drift of time in a beneficent thrall of language and observation, and we find illumination in and out of these linguistic waters.
-Carolyne Wright, American Book Award, Blue Lynx Prize, National Translation Award, author of A Change of Maps and Seasons of Mangoes & Brainfire
"What our feet can grip, / we may not see. So move," writes Jayne Marek, in her full-length debut, In and Out of Rough Water. And in and out of the rough places she moves, fluidly, assuredly, with an eye that inhabits the natural world and an ear that illuminates the beauty of the barely heard. This is a poetry of the body, in which the poet's "feet" root her in a force the body knows infinitely more than the mind alone "can grip." She includes the reader, in her generous vision, as participant and not simply observer. Marek's lovely poems, her intricate eye and ear, are a pleasure to behold
-George Kalamaras, Former Poet Laureate of Indiana (2014-2016), author of Kingdom of Throat-Stuck Luck and The Mining Camps of the Mouth