Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets. This month, we welcome Meghan Sterling, Sandra Meek, and Gaylord Brewer.
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Meghan Sterling’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Rattle, Rust & Moth, SWIMM, The Night Heron Barks, Cider Press Review, Inflectionist Review, Sky Island Journal, Menacing Hedge, Westchester Review, Pine Hills Review, Mom Egg Review, and many others. She is Associate Poetry Editor of the Maine Review, a Hewnoaks Artist Colony Residency Recipient in 2019 and 2021 and winner of Sweet Literary's 2021 annual poetry contest. Her collection These Few Seeds is published by Terrapin Books. Sterling lives in Portland, Maine with her family. Read her work at meghansterling.com.
Meghan Sterling’s new collection teaches us to bloom from the wreckage of what we were a moment ago. Her poems are brilliant watercolors, reveling in fluidity, and in the mutability of the boundaries we draw—between countries, between periods of time, between people. In a voice that manages to be both conversational and incantatory, she celebrates our capacity to inhabit many identities at once—parent, child, lover, stranger, ghost. Sterling’s poetry dares us to love a world that is always coming apart somewhere and reminds us that a seed must split its skin to grow.
Sandra Meek is the author of six books of poems, Still (Persea Books, January 2020), An Ecology of Elsewhere (Persea, 2016), Road Scatter (Persea, 2012), Biogeography, winner of the Dorset Prize (Tupelo 2008), Burn (2005), and Nomadic Foundations (2002), as well as the editor of Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad (Ninebark 2007), which was awarded a 2008 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, Best of the Net 2015, The Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, Ecotone, Prairie Schooner, and The Iowa Review, among others. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, she has three times been awarded Georgia Author of the Year in Poetry and twice the Peace Corps Writers Award in Poetry—she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Manyana, Botswana, 1989-1991. She is Dana Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College. Read more: www.sandrameek.com
In her fierce new collection, Sandra Meek subverts Renaissance still-life painting in order to illuminate the perhaps irreparable natural and cultural harm inflicted by colonial forces, even those that manage to create a certain beauty from imperial spoils. These poems shimmer with the wonders of the natural and aesthetic worlds―and in doing so, reckon with environmental, colonial, and sexual violence, with the oppression of silencing as well as the reclamation of voice. In confronting violations of body, family, culture, and nature, Still gives voice and image not only to what is still, what has been stilled, and what is in danger of being forever stilled, but also to the marvel of survival.
Gaylord Brewer is the author of fifteen books of poetry, fiction, criticism, and cookery, including Country of Ghost (Red Hen, 2015) and The Poet’s Guide to Food, Drink, & Desire (Stephen F. Austin, 2015). His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry and The Bedford Introduction to Literature. His many international residencies include Hawthornden Castle (Scotland) and the Global Arts Village (India), and he has taught in Russia, Kenya, England, and the Czech Republic. Brewer was awarded a Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship in 2009. He is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and has been a professor at Middle Tennessee State University since 1993.
Worship the Pig, Gaylord Brewer’s eleventh collection, is by the poet’s own definition, his “Americas book.” The migration begins from his Tennessee home to the Inside Passage of Alaska, then detours sharply south in a return to his beloved Costa Rica, then onward finally to the qualified paradise of Brazil’s Ilhabela. Brewer’s persistent obsessions—translating the call and challenge of the feral world, negotiating some truce with private ghosts—have never been more poignantly and sharply drawn. From chiseled lyrics to more expansive narratives—by turns reserved and raucous, always heartfelt and riveting—these new poems exhilarate. “No schematic for conquest, / no reckless conclusions, // no tenuous argument for connection / beyond the simple truth / of what accrues together.”
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