Poetry, chapbook, 40 pages, from Bottlecap Press.
Courtney LeBlanc's poetry chapbook, All in the Family, is an honest and raw look into the dynamics of family relationships, the good, the bad, and the oh-so ugly. It'll make you cringe, cry, laugh, smile, and appreciate the relationships you have with your family.
"A beautiful, moving collection. Courtney LeBlanc is a master of the stark
line that leaves you reeling. In poem after poem, she tells stories in precise,
unadorned statements that are heartbreaking in their simplicity. There are a
lot of silences in these poems too—silences that carry as much weight and
feeling as the words that interrupt them. The themes explored in the
collection are universal: family relationships, illness, aging, distance, death.
The poems are deeply personal, but their honesty is what makes them so
powerful and relatable. The true gift LeBlanc has given us is that, by telling
us about her family, she has allowed us to see some truths about our own
-Adriana Cloud, author of Instructions for Building a Wind Chime
"Across these punchy, readable pages, LeBlanc concerns herself with family.
The title of the collection--All in the Family--suggests a comfort and
certainty that the poems then blow apart. These are poems that ask
seemingly simple questions: Who do we count as family, and why? What are we
willing to do for family? What are we willing to walk away from? But as each poem
illustrates, these questions can prove difficult to answer, if not painful.
Together, this collection represents a brave effort on LeBlanc's part, and a
deeply worthwhile read for the rest of us."
-Jessica Young, author of Alice’s Sister