In her debut collection, Ashley-Elizabeth Best explores the cultivation of resilience during uncertain and often trying times. It’s a book built around day-to-day conflicts — poems about love, family, grief, power, and longing. Navigating the fault lines of popular culture and traditional poetry to assert that we are all history makers, Slow States of Collapse enters the landscape of personal narrative in an attempt to reconcile life’s little universal griefs.
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August 15, 1771: Born, Sir Walter Scott. A hugely popular author in his own lifetime, Scott is generally regarded as the inventor of the historical novel. He did a great deal, as well, to awaken interest in the culture and history of the Scottish Highlands.
"Posy (a.k.a. posie or poesy) rings are simple bands that have been engraved with a brief phrase or poem. Popular in England and France during the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, they were used as wedding rings and tokens of love or friendship. This one, dating to 16th-century England, is made of gold and very sweetly states: 'I like my choyce.'"