We are pleased to celebrate new collections by Cleopatra Mathis, After the Body, and Susan Barba, Geode.
Cleopatra Mathis was born and raised in Ruston, Louisiana, and though she has lived in New England for years, her childhood roots in southern nature continue to inform her writing.
Mathis founded the creative writing program at Dartmoth College where she is Professor of English, Emerita. Her work has been featured widely and she is the recipient of numerous awards for poetry. After the Body is her eighth collection.
"Rereading the poet’s past work through her present reveals hidden continuities. In these knowing poems, readers may recognize their own humanity, as well as the sometimes-impossible conditions of living." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Susan Barba - a former student of Cleopatra's - is a poet, translator, and editor at New York Review Books, She currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Barba has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and her poems have been translated into several languages. Geode is her second collection.
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From her first book, Aerial View of Louisiana, published in 1979, Cleopatra Mathis has given us poems that somehow manage to be elegant and visceral at once.
geode is rich with shining interiors and tactile relationships, delicate human to delicate earth, small delusions of ownership against wider backdrops of loss and time. Poems acting as guides, helping us navigate and remember, create an intricate overlay of worlds, humans and trees.
--Naomi Shihab Nye, New York Times Magazine