Today's poem is "Creek Walk"
from Pruning Burning Bushes

Wipf and Stock Publishers

Sarah M. Wells serves as the Administrative Director of the low-residency MFA program at Ashland University, where she is also Managing Editor for River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative and the Ashland Poetry Press. Her poems and essays have appeared in Alimentum, Ascent, Christianity & Literature, JAMA, Measure, New Ohio Review, Nimrod, Poetry East, River Teeth, Rock & Sling, and elsewhere. Her essay "Those Summers, These Days" was included as a notable essay in the next Best American Essays anthology. She lives with her husband and three children in Ashland, Ohio.

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About Pruning Burning Bushes:

"Wells has been granted—and she knows it—the grace to eat life right down to the seed, where the joy of the mystery lies, and the peace that passes understanding. Deft and inventive with strict form, with ambitious narrative, and with the poignant perspective that, when called for, comes of becoming a small child, Wells equally thrives on the merest simplisms of faith, on the densest meditation, and above all on her experience of full humanity, turning all to stunningly cogent advantage."
—Sydney Lea

"Where Suburbans 'honk and veer' behind a neighbor's combine and Jesus walks into a bar to play pool with farmers, the poems of Sarah Wells study those juxtapositions of the urban and the rural, the wild and the agrarian which we live with in this country often without noticing. She notices and responds with the empathy of Theodore Roethke for the vulnerable non-human world and the visionary understanding of St. John of Patmos who knew a sign when he saw one. It is a pleasure to read a book of poetry dedicated to 'spirits reckless with praise and the need to be filled.'"
—Mark Jarman

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