Remorseless Loyalty   (February 2006)


By Christine Gelineau

ISBN: 978-0-912592-57-2

Remorseless Loyalty is the 2004 winner of the Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize.

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  • Reviewed in Louisiana Literature, Fall/Winter 2006
  • Nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry by David St. John

Christine Gelineau has what I think of as sinew in her writing.  There is a fine exactness as well as a beautiful contemplative quality that informs her poems.  This is work with depth to it yet she has a delightful sense of the absurd wich sometimes sparks through the serious themes she addresses.

- Ruth Stone


Gelineau writes with skill and passion about mortality in its several forms: her mother's death, putting down a young filly, the loss of childhood innocence, the evanescence of "spring again/ that old chicanery," the potato famine's "wasted/ waiting children, mouths stained green/ with grass."  These are mature, coherent poems full of energy and underscored with love.

- Maxine Kumin


One of poetry's tasks is to encounter pain.  Not to resolve it, not even to console it.  But to encounter it with a language that will let it be known, and in this knowing some transformation, however small, may happen.  The poems in Remorseless Loyalty bristle with such hard-won transformations.

- Eamon Grennan


About the Author

Christine Gelineau's first full-length collection, Remorseless Loyalty, won the Richard Snyder Publication Prize and was published by Ashland Poetry Press in 2006.The book was subsequently nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award by David St. John.  Gelineau is also the author of Appetite for the Divine, published by Ashland Poetry Press, and two chapbooks of poetry, North American Song Line and In the Greenwood World (both from Foothills Publishing).  Her poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared widely.  Gelineau is the associate director of the Binghamton Center for Writers, State University of New York.  She teaches literature and creative writing at Binghamton University and also teaches in the low-residency MA/MFA in Writing Program at Wilkes University.  She and her husband raise Morgan horses under the Hartland prefix on a farm in upstate New York. http://www.christinegelineau.com/

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