Today's poem is "Leda Burning, Immendorf Palace, 1945"
from Latest Volcano

Marsh Hawk Press

Tana Jean Welch earned her MFA in Poetry from San Diego State University and her PhD in English from Florida State University. Her poems have appeared in journals including The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, and the anthology Best New Poets. Born and raised in Fresno, California, she currently teaches literature and writing at the Florida State University College of Medicine.

Books by Tana Jean Welch:

Other poems on the web by Tana Jean Welch:
Two poems
"The First Husband Buried"

Tana Jean Welch on Twitter.

About Latest Volcano:

"A book of ruthless poise, Latest Volcano masters form and forms—pantoum, sestina, terza rima, narrative, elegy—well-suited to its wily protagonist, Eros. A canny figure, unabashed by war or fidelity, in league with cruelty and memory, Eros, somewhat at the expense of the poet, evolves a wild, patient, don't-mess-with-me self-knowledge. 'Stay still and love/fades…' she says; but you, are you to move on? Loop back? Dance for your life? Well, all of those."
—Stephanie Strickland

"These are poems of relentless intensity addressing the things that matter to us—love, sex, war. In telling us their stories, they find their place to stand, which may not always be where the reader would stand, and that's their power. These are not words that shout, but they are poems that lead us to their moment."
—Alberto Ríos

"In the way that the poet H.D. gathered long-scattered mythic shards to bring vision to a shattered world, Tana Jean Welch creates her own mythology, metamorphic and sensuous, in elegant poems that have the power to terrify, to fill one with awe, as the poet attempts to pin down where the human soul resides."
—Sandra Alcosser

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