Emergency Brake

Ruth Madievsky

Paperback Hardcover

80 pages / $17.00
ISBN-13: 978-1-935635-53-6

80 pages / $30.00
ISBN-13: 978-1-935635-54-3


2015 Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series selection

Go ahead, try all you want pulling on Ruth Madievsky’s emergency brake—but just remember it won’t do you any good. This will be the most exciting and inventive first book you have read in years, and this poet’s take-no-prisoners attitude makes for an ecstatic joyride. These deeply moving poems reflect the raw darkness paring at the edges of our lives, and they reveal how that dark can sometimes move to the very centers of our being. Sexy, irreverent, sorrowful, thrilling—the poems of Emergency Brake become a young woman’s survival manual for the Twenty-First Century: ignore it at your own peril."
–David St. John




About Ruth Madievsky

Ruth Madievsky was born in Moldova and currently lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Blackbird, Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, West Branch, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. Madievsky was a 2015 Tin House Scholar in Poetry and is a chapbook reader for Gold Line Press. She is also a doctoral student at USC’s School of Pharmacy and a research assistant at an HIV clinic specializing in maternal care in Downtown Los Angeles. You can find her at ruthmadievsky.com.




"Ruth Madievsky’s first collection is an announcement like a bomb going off, like a super wave coming to swallow us up! For my part I am thrilled to be taken away by such energetic, funny, and heartbreaking work. This is a new voice made of sunlight, knives, emergencies, heat, honesty, bottles of vodka, and a tanker full of talent. Madievsky has created something we should not go without."
— Matthew Dickman