Helen of Bikini by Phoebe Reeves

Cover photograph: Miss Atomic Bomb, Sands Copa Girl Lee Merlin, posing in
the Las Vegas desert, May 24, 1957. Credit: Don English/Las Vegas News Bureau

Helen of Bikini

Poetry by Phoebe Reeves


Praise for Helen of Bikini

In her finely wrought debut poetry collection, Helen of Bikini, Phoebe
Reeves showers us with the hard rain of atomic fallout, juxtaposed with a compendium of flora and fauna, invoked and named with a painstaking commitment to their beautiful existence.”
— Cynthia Bargar, author of Sleeping in the Dead Girl’s Room

About the Author

Phoebe Reeves earned her MFA in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and now is Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati’s Clermont College. She has three chapbooks of poetry, The Lobes and Petals of the Inanimate (Pecan Grove), The Gardener and The Garden (Seven Kitchens), and The Flame of Her Will (Milk & Cake). Her poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Phoebe, Grist, Forklift OH, and The Chattahoochee Review, and she has been awarded fellowships by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Cincinnati, OH with her husband Don Peteroy, amidst her unruly urban garden. Helen of Bikini is her debut full-length collection.