Faith Shearin is the author of five books of poetry: The Owl Question, The Empty House, Moving the Piano, Telling the Bees, and Orpheus, Turning.

2015

2015

Several of the poems in this manuscript have appeared previously, sometimes in slightly different form:
Alaska Quarterly Review: "Music at My Mother's Funeral"
Comstock Review:  "Orpheus, Turning", "The Children of Hamelin", and "Amelia Earhart's First Flight"
Cold Mountain Review:  "Chasing Fireflies"
The Sun: "The Dog Watched Television"
Salamander: "The Land of Nod"
Slipstream: "Our House, Surrounded by the Animals"
Burnside Review: "Mailing Babies"
2014

2014

The poems in this volume have appeared previously sometimes in slightly different form, in the following journals and reviews:
Alaska Quarterly Review: "My Weight On Other Planets" and "Things We're All Too Young to Know"
Cincinnati Review: "My Mother, Painting the Sea" and "Gravity"
Connotation Press: An Online Artifact:"So Many Things Can Ruin a Picnic" and "The Ones Who Stay"
North American Review: "Climbing the Lighthouse" and "Snowy Owl"
Parody: "A Few Things I Ate"
Poetry-East: "Heart Island", "Rewind", "Blessing of the Animals", "Balloons", "Scurvy", "Gravity is Getting Stronger", "My Daughter Describes the Tarantula", "Suicides", "The Sound of a Train", "My Mother's Lost Keys", "My Father, Taking Pills", "Gretel's Bread Crumbs", and "My Mother, Pretending to Move to Alaska"
Southern Review: "Living Beside Water"
Spoon River Review: "Doom Town"
The Bark: "The Dog Brought Morning"
2011

2011

 
2008

2008

The Owl Question

Volume 6 of the May Swenson Poetry Award Series, 2002

Judge for the competition was Mark Doty, internationally known poet and winner of the Bingham Poetry Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and many other major poetry awards. In the foreword, Doty writes of Shearin's poetry: "What she wishes, wisely, is to be able to love and to see clearly at once. She understands that to do so will require all her resources: irony, good cheer, truthfulness, humor and a carefully preserved attention to the strangeness of living, the pecularity of all enterprises. The result is a lovely, trustworthy first book, full of affection and wry clarity, 'all life's finite hope leaning closer for a kiss.'"

The following poems have appeared previously, sometimes in slightly different form:
Alaska Quarterly Review: "Alaska"
Amaranth: "Counting"
New York Quarterly: "Matrimony"
Ploughshares: "Ruins", "Our Story", and "Alone"
The Iowa Review: ""Innocence"
Chicago Review: "Luck", and "Lust"
The Charlotte Poetry Review: "Homecoming"
Lowell Pearl: "Piano Lesson"
Lullwater Review: "Rescue"
Provincetown Arts: "The Unexpectant"
Poetry Northwest: "Retriever", "Hunger", and "On Halloween"
Witness: "Becoming Mother", "Opera"
Third Coast Anthology: "Entropy", "Ruins", "Luck", and "Alone"

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Shopping
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Retriever
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Fields
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The Name of a Fish
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Three Dog Night
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I'd Rather be the Father
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Places I Have Heard the Ocean
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Storage
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Picking the Kitten
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The Fox
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Terra
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Shackleton's Decision
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Turtle in the Road
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Smoke
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Why I Love Swimming Pools
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Teaching Mavis to Ride a Bike
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Birds and Bees
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Naming the Baby
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Spelling Bee
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Servants
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The Dog Watched Television
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Early Hominids Slept in Trees
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Music at My Mother’s Funeral
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Quarantine, 1918
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