Today's poem is "Elegy"
from All night in the new country

Sixteen Rivers Press

Miriam Bird Greenberg grew up on a farm in rural Texas and spent her childhood attempting to communicate with the ghosts who populated her family’s century-old homestead. She’s held fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Stanford University, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts (where she is a 2013 Literature Fellow). Greenberg lives in Berkeley, where she teaches English as a Second Language, though in the past she’s ridden freight trains across the United States and taught in the United States, Canada, and Japan.

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About All night in the new country:

"Some poems record our collective dreams; these collect our nightmares. Miriam Bird Greenberg’s All night in the new country documents a world where there is ‘No one / to learn your name and say it after the moon / rise,’ a world where the future is as ‘empty as a smile.’ Though there is heat in this collection, fire and friction, all the energy is directed toward basic survival. All hope is lost and even belief is corrupted. But each poem catalogs a truth both ravished and ravishing, with such stark and startling images that I could not put the pages down."
—Camille T. Dungy

"In this series of interrelated poems set in a future America, the Southwest has become a place of refugees fleeing environmental disaster and civil upheaval. All night in the new country follows a single female character who must learn a whole new way of survival. But despite the horror, these are poems that find something to love in the ravaged landscape and tell us that even in our worst moments we still seek beauty and find a reason to sing."
—Judy Jordan

"Full of ghosts and lovers, roving wild dogs and disemboweled goats, Greenberg's eerie dystopic narratives unsettle us even as they console. Quite a ride and a remarkable collection from one of the most exciting young poets I've read in a while."
—Bruce Snider

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