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National Poetry Month Spotlight: Rachel Galvin


Sweet calendula, is it true what the gardener said—
when we learn the name of a thing

we no longer see it? If only I might hear the cinctured sorrow
in the cilia, the rumor of upshoot.

Rain makes love in its own language, uttering a phrase
in recitative,

a conversation in formlessness. It has a strange elation, as waves do
coming to the shore,

the multiplicity of a fluid touched with the thousand ideas
of photosynthesis,

dark sugared tubes whose relation to light dilates, as the arborvitae
abandons shingles

and fence posts for totems and seafaring vessels, in all shapes
branching into the mutable.

Q: Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on the day you wrote the above poem?

A: I wrote this poem while at a residency at Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island.  The air was riddled with the energy that precedes a storm. During my stay I had learned the term “sunshower,” also known as “a fox’s wedding,” which refers to what happens when the trickster sun shines even as rain falls.  It’s sometimes said that a sunshower predicts rain the next day. That day, a full-fledged rainstorm came; it was a warm rain for November and I bicycled through it. (I suppose I should say that I’d been reading some books about the natural history of the Pacific Northwest, as well as Roland Barthes, as the poem’s title indicates.)

Q: What is the last book you’ve read that made you want to grab a pen and write?

A: Susan Briante’s Pioneers in the Study of Motion, Anne Carson’s Nox, and Susan Wheeler’s Bag ‘o’ Diamonds.

Q: What is the most sublime meal you’ve ever eaten?
A: My friend Kristan’s homemade chocolate chip cookies. They are sublime enough to spur earnest combat over the last one in any given batch. No joke.
Rachel Galvin’s poetry collection Pulleys and Locomotion is available for purchase at Black Lawrence Press.

Machinery and Fragile Moments

Neon has published a new review of Rachel Galvin’s Pulleys and Locomotion calling Galvin’s voice “consistently strong” and describing the collection as a whole as “immensely satisfying.” You can read the entire review online here.

Pulleys and Locomotion is available from Black Lawrence Press and Amazon.

This Sunday at The Bowery Poetry Club

Dear Friends,

Please come out to The Bowery Poetry Club this Sunday, November 15th at 6 PM to hear Black Lawrence Press poets Hayden Saunier, Shelley Puhak, and Rachel Galvin read from their recently released collections. Laura McCullough, the emcee of the evening, has a book forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press and will also read.

PuhakShelley Puhak’s poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, New Delta Review, New South, Third Coast, and other journals. She earned her MFA from the University of New Orleans and her MA from the University of Delaware. She was a 2007 Maryland State Arts Council grant recipient and is currently Writer-in-Residence at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Shelley is the author of Stalin in Aruba.Saunier Cover

Hayden Saunier‘s poetry has appeared in 5 A.M., Beloit Poetry Journal, Mad Poets Review, Margie, Nimrod, Philadelphia Stories, Drunken Boat and Rattle, among others. She is the 2005 winner of the Robert Fraser Poetry Award, a Bucks County Poet Laureate and a Pushcart Prize nominee. An actress and voice-over artist, her film and television credits include The Sixth Sense, Philadelphia Diary and Hack. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her debut collection of poems, Tips For Domestic Travel, was a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award.

GalvinCoverRachel Galvin is a graduate student in Comparative Literature at Princeton University, where she studies twentieth century poetry. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Hedgebrook. Her poems and translations appear in journals such as Gulf Coast, Spinning Jenny, Paintbrush, Del Sol Review, and Nimrod. She recently completed a translation of Raymond Queneau’s Courir les rues and is now translating Cesar Vallejo’s Poemas Humanos. Her first book of poems, Pulleys & Locomotion, was recently published by Black Lawrence Press.

Laura McCullough has three collections of poetry, Speech Acts, forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press (2010), What Men Want (2008) and The Dancing Bear (2006) as well as a collection of prose poems, Elephant Anger, at Mudlark online. Her poems, reviews, essays, and short prose have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, The Writers Chronicle, Prairie Schooner Review, Hotel America, Pebble Lake, New South, Crab Orchard, and many other journals. She has an MFA from Goddard College and is a doctoral student in poetry at Bangor University in Wales. She’s won two NJ State Arts Fellowships, been a Prairie Schooner Scholar in poetry, attended the Vermont Studio, Colrain, been a contributor and staff member at Bread Loaf. She founded the Creative Writing Program at Brookdale Community College in NJ where she teaches full time.

Wow! All this for just four bucks at the door. We hope to see you there!

The Bowery Poetry Club is located at 308 Bowery in Manhattan between Houston and Bleeker.

– Your Friends at Black Lawrence Press

P.S. Can’t make it to the event? You can purchase copies of the books on the Black Lawrence Press website.