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Maya Jewell Zeller Interview in Spokesman Review

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Spokesman Review Maya Jewell Zeller
Even the publisher learns new things when the interviews come out! So now I know the poems for Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts started during piano lessons!

“…the poems in “Alchemy” in particular, partially because of the interdisciplinary influence, play with space and line and syntactical disruption and fragment in ways that a lot of other contemporary poets are also playing – this deconstructivist approach resulting, I think many of us would say, from a fractured political and social climate, and from the sense of disorder and stress that so many of us feel.”

Read the whole Interview here. SPOKESMAN REVIEW

Aaron Shurin: A Lovely Personal Review

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Aaron Shurin Full Stop ReviewWhile, the mention of “Flowers & Sky: Two Talks” is really just an aside for a longer review of Aaron’s previous book, “The Skin of Meaning”, I thought this review/conversation/tribute is quite lovely.

“…it’s his ability to create beauty, to literally invoke it, that has most captivated me. He is a Romantic Poet in an era eviscerated of romance.”

Yep. And a hero to many for his embrace of it and all the swoon.

READ THE REVIEW HERE.

Our First Review! (and it’s for Aaron Shurin)

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We were delight to see our first review and, more so, since it is a good one by Daniel Casey on Heavy Feather Review.

Here’s a stab at an excerpt:

Intensely interrogative… Shurin has created a body of work sparked by the low and inspired by the high… always spiraling more and more poetic thought… Once he has given us his flowers of the field talk, Shurin raises his head skyward. It is a wonderfully balanced maneuver, giving us a parallel of particular with universal… Shurin keeps his focus on the revelations in each governing image… At once literary criticism and memoir, “Flowers & Sky” gives cutting insight into the poetic process illuminating for readers and writers alike.

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE

Our First Press Mention: Awww, a School Paper!

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Fantastic! We were so delighted to have our first lengthy press mention in a school newspaper.  Sure, the New York Times would be nice, but what is best is that this where so many young people learn writing skills and these are our future journalists, novelist, and story-tellers.  We thank SAAS student, Bianca, for asking some good questions of Melinda Mueller and the process behind, The After.

“Mueller said she began thinking about the idea for this book back in 1985 while on a class retreat with her students on the Oregon Coast. She describes the moment of inspiration in detail, “One evening we were sitting out just after sunset on the beach, full moon behind us rising, stars like crazy above us. But way out at sea in front of us there was a huge thunderstorm… one of my students says to me, ‘Are there any other species that look at something like this and think about how beautiful it is?’” Mueller says she believes that may be one of the traits that make humans unique. She says it inspired her when her student suggested that perhaps humans are a “test for everything.”

Read the whole essay here on the Seattle Academy site: “Melinda Mueller Publishes “The After,” A Poetic Look at the Sixth Extinction”