Matters of Record by Megan Roberts
Finishing Line Press
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"Matters of Record is a powerful and moving collection that gives voice to women executed for their crimes. And then, with the same masterful skill, Megan Roberts gives voice to victim, jury, system. As a whole it stands as a chorus of life and death–an ebb and flow of justice and injustice–and within each individual poem, there is the vividness and complexity of a whole life–a specific place and time and series of events that leads to that final moment, a human heart weighed out in last meals and locks of hair. Beautifully crafted, compassionate and honest. Megan Roberts is a gifted writer."
"Megan Roberts brings dead women, executed women, back to life, giving them voices and gestures, earrings and memories, children and last suppers. This is a murderous world not often seen, let alone in poetry, and the violence that lurks silently behind these poems is deafening, and utterly dark."
A collection inspired by the stories of women executed in the United States.
Megan Roberts’ fiction has appeared in 971Menu, The News & Observer, Our Stories, SmokeLong Quarterly, and The Raleigh Quarterly. Her poem “Blackberries” was published in Albatross, a journal. She’s received an honorable mention in the Brenda L. Smart Fiction Contest, Poetry Contest, and has been a two-time finalist in this contest’s short-short category. Recently, she was awarded N.C. State’s Academy of American Poets Prize.
Roberts teaches English courses at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. She’s currently working on a novel, Everything Is Only a Mile Away.