Today's poem is "Everyone in Bosnia Loves Begonias"
from Cures Include Travel

White Pine Press

Susan Rich is the winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Poetry as well as the Peace Corps Writers Poetry Award for The Cartographer's Tongue: Poems if the World. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Alaska Quarterly Review, Bellingham Review, North American Review, Poetry International, and Witness. She has worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa, staff person for Amnesty International, an electoral supervisor in Bosnia, and a human rights trainer in Gaza. She taught at the University of Cape Town on a Fulbright Fellowship and now teaches at Highline Community College in the Seattle area and in the Antioch University MFA Program in Los Angeles, California. Recent awards include an Artist Trust Fellowship, the Sojourner Poetry Prize, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. A community advisor for Cottages at Hedgebrook, an editor at Floating Bridge Press, and a founding member of the Somali Rights Network, she makes her home in Seattle, Washington.

About Cures Include Travel:

"These begonias have come a long way," writes Susan Rich in a marvelous poem called 'Everyone in Bosnia Loves Begonias', and so has she! I admired her talent years ago, and this book makes it clear that she has grown into a mature and accomplished poet."
—Linda Pastan

"Susan Rich writes gorgeous lyrical poetry which so courageously tells us the truth about the world, tells us the world is much larger than we Americans usually like to admit. Her beautiful ear, her fierce attention to detail, her deeply human empathy inspire me and make me glad. I am glad, no—thrilled—that there exists such a unique and memorable voice writing today about the joys and grievances of our planet, writing with such charge in ideas and language. In this age of irony as an end in itself and of art for art's sake, it is a rare luck to encounter a poet such as Susan Rich—for whom living in this world and writing about it is one and the same flash of poetry's transforming revelation."
—Ilya Kaminsky

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