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Susan Rich

March 16, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

Susan RichCloud Pharmacy finds Susan Rich at our podium to read from her new collection, Cloud Pharmacy, just published by White Pine Press, a volume filled with evocative, lyrical poems that shine a light on the difficult and the beautiful with equal care. Ms. Rich is the author of three earlier books, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, named a finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award, Cures Include Travel, and The Cartographer’s Tongue, winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry and the Peace Corps Writers Award. Along with Brian Turner and Jared Hawkley, she is editor of The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders. She has received awards and fellowships from Artist Trust, CityArtists, 4Culture, The Times Literary Supplement of London, Peace Corps Writers, and the Fulbright Foundation. Educated at the University of Massachusetts, Harvard University, and the University of Oregon, she lives in Seattle and teaches at Highline Community College where she runs the reading series Highline Listens: Writers Read Their Work.

“Life Study: Camellias”

We need to look outside
ourselves to see

the sloping heads, the cartography of light

along the lip
of a hammered copper tray.

What might white camellias say

in such a private
disheveled state?

So much, we know,

belies the flounce of petals
in a tall, white vase—

a midlife meditation—

like bodies after sex

before one falls away.


March 16, 2014
3:00 pm
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