Today's poem is "Because We've Landed on the Moon but Nobody Wants to Live There"
from Grass Whistle

Salmon Poetry

Amy Dryansky’s first book, How I Got Lost So Close To Home, was published by Alice James Books and individual poems have appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals. She is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Poetry Fellow and has received honors from the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, Villa Montalvo and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She’s also a former Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center at Mt. Holyoke College, where she looked at the impact of motherhood on the work of women poets. Dryansky currently works for a regional land trust, teaches creative writing, and writes about what it’s like to navigate the territory of mother/artist/poet at her blog, Pokey Mama.

Other poems by Amy Dryansky in Verse Daily:
January 19, 2012:   "Biography" "I don't remember much. A feeling of pressure...."

Books by Amy Dryansky:

Other poems on the web by Amy Dryansky:
"No Birds Were Harmed in the Making of this Poem"
"Through Line"
Three poems

Amy Dryansky's Blog.

Amy Dryansky's Website.

Amy Dryansky According to Wikipedia.

Amy Dryansky on Twitter.

About Grass Whistle:

"What I like about these voicy speech-songs is their willingness to be musical and funny and open-hearted all at once. Yes the self is double and triple, right out of the box—we know that and Dryansky knows that—but this speaker’s urge to earnestly record what it feels like to be a thinking and emoting person in this cynical age is moving because it shows us that art can be multifaceted and complex without being too clever. I love too how much this speaker honors the world despite what she tells us she has lost—that ‘dark underneath’ underneath it all. These bouncy meditations about the world ‘of inwardness and awkwardness’ remind us that there are some things poetry gives us that other forms of writing can’t. And yes it’s intimacy I’m speaking of here, and the primacy of the individual’s experience as she witnesses everything from a collective wind ‘singing in the mouths of birds’ to the clear plastic tape on each six-pack of Fruit of the Loom. Read this book. It will make you feel better about your species."
—Adrian Blevins

"Amy Dryansky never fails to bespeak the ‘preeminence of the body’ nor to remember ‘the brain is wider than the sky.’ And thus here, before you, in your hands are judicious poems that reconcile the spiritual freedom of your spine and the presiding restraint at the doorstep of your brainstem. In this dance is a lyricism that feels gorgeously fresh: present always is a transported music and a deft eye that makes her poems, like that from the best of poets, feel sponsored by all of the natural world which she renders as exquisitely as she does her own life."
—Major Jackson

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