Stay Safe received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and is forthcoming from Sarabande Books in January 2021.
Poems from this collection have recently appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, Colorado Review, Copper Nickel, The Missouri Review, The Offing, Painted Bride Quarterly, and The Southern Review, among others.
“Emma Hine’s remarkable debut claims as its title an impossible injunction: stay safe. What does it mean to stay, to remain, to arrest a state of being that is fully immune to danger, which is to say, to living? Hine circles this impossibility in poems of dark lyricism, ones commanding our attention to the body at risk: its hidden danger zones, its collisions and impacts, its relentless hurtle forward. Like the speaker in these poems, we’re made to understand we’re “not strong, not / permanent, just holding.” Stay Safe limns personal and collective griefs with searing insight, showing us how mythology and language can transmute fear and loss into something redemptive, something of strange beauty. This is a collection that is startling in its revelations and the latitudes it traverses, and Hine is a tremendous voice reminding us what it is to mark an existence and to endure.”