It was a great honor last night to hear Lori Goldston‘s response to “Marys Dust”, a new collection of poems by Melinda Mueller. “Cello Songs for Marys’ Dust” is a set of five songs for solo cello, using a variety of techniques to coax a wide range of voices and tones out of the instrument.
These songs, recorded live, will be released as a digital download along with Melinda reading poems from the book.
Cello Songs for Mary’s Dust
Lori Goldston, 2017
1. The Dust of a Thousand Bells
2. Marian the Copt
3. Love’s Bitter Strings
4. Her Daughter
5. Offertorium (Matthew)
This performance was recorded at the Chapel Performance Space, Seattle, Washington on February 23, 2017.
Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing details of our upcoming fall books.
Our first book we would like to share with you is a new full-length collection by Melinda Mueller, Mary’s Dust. This book contains thirty-two poems on different Marys through history. Using a wide variety of inventive and traditional forms, it is a meditation on exposure and concealment, pleasure and pain, and of course, language, as women create their own identities on their own terms. It’s a great honor to bring out a second book by one of Seattle’s most intriguing writers.
We’ll be presenting this book with an audio download that includes music specifically commissioned for the book by Seattle genius (yeah, that is what the Stranger says and we agree), Lori Goldston. This new composition will premiere on February 23 at the Chapel Performance Space and is being recorded live, so you too could join us that evening and be part of Mary’s Dust.
Here’s one of the shorter poems in the book:
Marya Salomee Sklowdowka: b. 7 Nov 1867 – d. 4 July 1934
As, in her native Poland, the ember-colored
fox ignites the stubble field it streaks across,
ignites even the noonday dusk of the forest floor.
As, toddling into her parents’ long-ago garden
after dark, and crouching beside a lantern there,
she cried out: Look. The ants. They have shadows.
As religionists rummaged in the body for its soul,
that ant-shadow, which might “be shown on an X-ray
plate as a lighter spot on the darker shadow of the bone.”
So she fractionates the soul of pitchblende,
and having pent it in a glass vial, gazes into
its blue dazzle. And it gazes into her, being
the abyss Nietzsche warned of. And ransacks her.
And ignites her bones to ash. Heaven doth with us as we
with torches do. Nor will she lift from it her hands.
Well, there aren’t too many pictures as we were busy as heck!
Thanks to all that came out on such a blustery night to celebrate this stunning new work with us! It’s been much too long since Seattle’s had a new book by Melinda Mueller and such a pleasure to hear from both Karinna (it’s our first time meeting her in person!) and Syrinx Effect.
Please join us as we celebrate the publication of The After.
The first book by Seattle poet, Melinda Mueller, since her award winning “What the Ice Gets”. This book is single poem “sorrowing the world” we will alter and leave unseen. A meditation on extinction and the anthropocene, it blends science and poetry with the urgency of heartbreak.
Interspersed with the poem is the stunning subarctic art of Karinna Gomez, a print maker currently teaching in Alaska and represented by Davidson Galleries. She will be discussing her work and we’ll have a nice selection of originals to look at (and note, she has a meet & greet at Davidson on October 9th).
The Seattle experimental jazz duo, Syrinx Effect (Kate Olson and Naomi Siegel) will be performing music commissioned specifically for The After.
This will be a rare opportunity to meet the entire group behind the making of “The After”, as it is likely to be the only time we will have all four collaborators in the same room at the same time! The reading and performance will start sharply at 7 pm and will be followed by a reception and opportunity to meet the artists.
Please note: The location of the SAAS Stream Building is on Spring street, between 12th and 13th.
We are excited to officially publish The After today. Our third book, it clearly points the direction we’ve been striving toward and how we are envisioning our books for 2017 and beyond. It’s a sumptuous blend of poetry and art with commissioned music along with it.
Sometimes poetry comes to one for delight or comfort. Certainly, some of the projects we are working with authors, don’t have the intense sadness of this poem. But in this case, I would say it is almost a duty it is to offer this serious meditation on one of the most concerning aspects of climate change: the acceleration of the mass extinction underway.
We’re finalizing production and will begin shipping “The After” at the end of September. It will make a special gift for anyone in your life with an interest in poetry and how we’re telling the story of the current mass extinction we’re responsible for.