A Long, Wide Stretch of Calm
by Melanie Green
Tentative Release Date: November 5, 2019
The poems in A Long, Wide Stretch of Calm are an invitation to slow down, to rest deep into quiet and the contemplative. Melanie Green’s poetry explores the connection with the numinous—as well as speaking to the difficulty of living with a chronic illness.
“Haiku-like in their intensity of language, Zen-like in their meditative quality, these lyrical poems invite us to pause, catch our breaths, and marvel at a poet who invites us to Feel/ the psalm/ of lingering/ calm/ in afternoon’s/ echo of light.”
—Carolyn Martin, author of The Way a Woman Knows and A Penchant for Masquerades
“A Long, Wide Stretch of Calm is a wise, generous, expertly crafted volume of poems that reminds us how even in the deep/ arabesque/ of night, in the bearable/ dark, we might yet walk/ out of the house of worry into a place where solitude is cherished and heaven is within.”
—Tim Applegate, author of Blueprints and At the End of Day
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