Hillary Gravendyk & Cynthia Arrieu-King

Purchase from SPD here.

A collaborative text by two beloved poets, Cynthia Arrieu-King and the late Hillary Gravendyk, Unlikely Conditions, “was written as a way to embellish and perpetuate a friendship.”

Of her process working with Gravendyk, Arrieu-King says:

“We created this book through conversation about what remains important as we get older, jokes, inferences about existence, shared experience, separate experiences melded together, and a hilarious engagement with detail. We had a lot of fun together. This was the experience with all of Hillary’s collaborators including her sister Megan Estrella, Maureen Alsop, Colleen Rosenfeld, Brenda Hillman, etc. I’m putting it out in the world because my friend and I had always talked about that as a given and also because I feel Hillary’s family and other readers would want to see the beautiful work she did with me, and see a bit more of her intelligent heart and her love for life.”

1913 is proud to have been one of the very first publishers of Hillary Gravendyk’s poetry in 1913 a journal of forms, Issue 2 (as Hillary Gravendyk Burrill). We continue to mourn the early loss of this wonderful poet and person, and celebrate her life and work with this publication.

“Heart-shaped or serrated,

departure re-thinks what is meant.”

Visit The Poetry Foundation on Hillary Gravendyk and visit Cynthia Arrieu-King’s blog for more on these artists.