Poetry. NATURAL DEFENSES is about love and loss. It is a kind of tone poem where the music of the words and flow of ideas is meant to carry the reader from the first poem "What Has Been Lost" to the final poem "Who Can Convince the Sea to be Reasonable?" To her work, Ms. Terris brings not only a depth of perception but intellect, humor, and a touch of the surreal. These poems reflect a woman in mid-life looking backwards as well as at the present; yet the book is also an outward journey examining the world at large, a book about the joys and sadness of all lives as works-in-progress.
Susan Terris' recent books are DREAM FRAGMENTS (Swan Scythe Press, 2020), FAMILIAR TENSE (Marsh Hawk, 2019), Take Two: Film Studies (Omnidawn, 2017), Memos (Omnidawn, 2015), and GHOST OF YESTERDAY (Marsh Hawk, 2012). She is the author of 7 books of poetry, 16 chapbooks, 3 artist's books, and one play. A poem of hers appeared in Pushcart Prize XXXI. A poem from Memos was in Best American Poetry 2015. This chapbook won the 2019 Swan Scythe Chapbook Award. Ms. Terris is an editor emerita of Spillway Magazine and a poetry editor at Pedestal.Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA