Miriam Bird Greenberg (Poetry) | San Francisco, CA
- Pact-Blood, Fevergrass (Ricochet Editions, 2013). Poetry.
- All night in the new country (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2013). Poetry.
Blurbs, Press & Reviews
“These poems do what the best poetry sometimes does: reveal and deepen our understanding of the strangeness in the ordinary. And do so in language clear as a bell.”
—Ed Ochester, Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize judge
“In the Volcano’s Mouth is rich with mysterious and heartrending images. Miriam Bird Greenberg blends scraps of the harshness of life, of what would be ugly in less skillful hands, with the beautiful, even beatific. These are poems that are acutely aware of the world: The flame / of a match that flares / at the tip of his cigarette / before he draws in his breath /d eepens the darkness / that falls just beyond / his illuminated face. Paul Eluard wrote, ‘There is another world and it is in this one.’ These poems give us a glimpse into that world. They are poems I will come back to for inspiration.”
“Although many of the poems in this haunted book are ‘pastoral’ in a classical sense, the natural world is not a place of peace and serenity. Rather, it’s unstable, not a setting devoid of meaning, but a realm where meaning is always on the move, like the many characters wandering through this book, and the mind of the poet who has carefully made this book. These villagers aren’t solemnly strolling around the edge of Keats’s urn. The wandering here cannot find its larger purpose, a dilemma not uncommon in our age. I sense a twenty-first century Exodus, and a people going nowhere they know and nowhere they want to be long.”