Today's poem is "Aubade"
from Ledge

Mayapple Press

Nola Garrett is Faculty Emerita of Edinboro University of Pensylvania. She presently lives in Downtown Pittsburgh, PA. She has received a Residency at Yaddo; Scholarships from White River Writers’ Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, West Chester Poetry Conference; and is listed on the Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline. Her poems are posted on The Georgia Review’s Vault and her monthly blog/essays are available online at Autumn House Press. This is Nola’s second book with Mayapple Press; The Pastor’s Wife Considers Pinball was published in 2013.

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About Ledge:

"As a woman writer, Garrett underscores the experience of women in this collection, particularly in the realm of relationships. Also, as one of the best living practitioners of the sestina, she assembles some of the tour de force sestinas for which she is best known. I have followed Nola Garrett’s career for years, and so it is particularly satisfying to see that these sestinas will have an even wider audience."
—Kim Bridgford

"Garrett’s persona struggles with God, with her desired versus proper role, with the way the holy is infused with all that is ordinary–for example, receiving communion from her husband: “He is opaque, / no flicker of remembering / his body searching mine last night /…All is now.” These are highly imaginative poems, and like all good ones they are slightly unsettling."
—Jill Pelaez Baumgaertmer

"How refreshing to open a book of contemporary poetry and become immediately engaged! Here’s a poet whose formal expertise combines with her ability to infuse her work with both pathos and humor. While her sestinas are especially remarkable for their variety and power, all the poems in this fine collection are marked by musical language and good storytelling. With the precision of the butcher alluded to in the book’s opening poem, Garrett examines the world we all inhabit and spares us nothing."
—Andrea Hollander

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