Dots & Dashes

Southern Illinois University Press | forthcoming in 2017

Winner of the 2016 Crab Orchard Review Series in Poetry Open Competition Award. 

Jehanne’s sixth book of poems was selected by Maura Stanton as one of the winners of the 2016 Crab Orchard Review Series in Poetry Open Competition Awards. Dots & Dashes will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in autumn 2017. The collection functions as a “sequel” to Jehanne’s third collection, Stateside, exploring what it’s like to be both a military spouse and an academic, a member of two communities that speak very different (and often conflicting) languages.


“With Dots & Dashes, Jehanne Dubrow adds a sixth volume to our bookshelves of necessary poetry, and we are given a panoramic view of the landscape of marriage within the structure and confines of military life. This is a difficult and layered collection, one that refuses to avert its gaze from trouble in all its overt and nuanced forms. While these poems offer lenses into the interiority of an often closed-off world, the core experiences within these poems don’t reside on military bases and in military life alone. Isolation, separation, the silences and failures of communication—Dots & Dashes is a series of messages called out over the waters of a life, a reminder that sailors are not always the ones who are lost at sea.”

—Brian Turner


“Jehanne Dubrow’s newest collection, Dot & Dashes, masterfully plays with the military’s attempts of simplifying and standardizing information. With an agility of language that is both intimate and far-gazing, Dubrow examines the difficulty of communication between man and woman, military and civilian, service member and academic. Dots & Dashes acts as a sequel to her earlier, iconic Stateside; the speakers of Dots & Dashes, like those of Stateside, are often full of longing, but are also weary, wary, more mature and empathetic from too many past deployments. This exploration of relationships is written with the intensity and honesty that makes Dubrow one of our greatest poets, and the brilliance of Dots & Dashes reads loud and clear.”

—Siobhan Fallon