Ethel Rackin was born and raised in Philadelphia, and educated at the University of Pennsylvania, Bard College, and Princeton University. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as The American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Court Green, Evergreen Review, Poetry East, Verse Daily, and Volt. Rackin’s first collection of poems, The Forever Notes (Parlor Press, 2012) weaves ancient traditions of love song, incantation, and meditation into a contemporary lyricism, all the while asking what is recoverable within the flux of time. Of the three sections that comprise the book, poet James Richardson had this to say: “Ethel Rackin’s wistful and whimsical ‘Notes’ and ‘Pictures’ and ‘Songs’ are brief glances and glancing blows, each so understated and tantalizing that it seems to call for another and another, until without quite realizing it you’ve read the book straight through.” Rackin has taught at Penn State Brandywine, Haverford College, and Bucks County Community College, where she is currently an associate professor.
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