Open Books: Events
January 15, 2006 03:00 PM
In 2001 the University of Washington Press inaugurated The Pacific
Northwest Poetry Series, with Linda Bierds as its editor, and it has been
our pleasure to help launch each of its yearly titles with a reading. Ms.
Bierds' selection for 2005 is The Quick ($17.95 paperback, $30 hardcover),
written by Katrina Roberts, who teaches at Whitman College in Walla Walla
and is the author of the earlier collection How Late Desire Looks. Like
the wings and waves that permeate this book, Ms. Roberts' poems convey the
exhilaration and sadness of the eternal cycle of arrival and departure.
"True, what's / lost is lost," she writes. "But often space left by loss /
makes places available in the heart and day // for other makers of song to
fill." At its heart this is a volume about the longing to have a child, the
struggle to make that longing a reality, and the eventual glad welcoming of
the "sweet slippery one."