Poetry. OF RAIN AND NETTLES WOVE is Gillian Parrish's first full-length book of poetry; it is; however, as Gillian Conoley notes, "a mature work, so wise in its playfulness and sudden depths. Haunted by the American West and Midwest (one thinks of Niedecker, Oppen, Eigner) and the Far East (Basho, the I-Ching)—though with a sure-footed, sprightly music all their own—come these painterly, filmic, gorgeously sounded lyrics of sturdy ground and flight." As Michael Heller contends, "the boldness of the book, its spiritual hunger, its stops and starts, its erasures and ongoings has the immediacy of the first transformative brush stroke on a canvas."
Gillian Parrish spent some early years in the UK, some later ones in China and South Asia, and now lives in the brick city of St. Louis, where she studied at Washington University and teaches as an assistant professor at Lindenwood University. Her first book of poems, OF RAIN AND NETTLES WOVE was published by Singing Horse Press in 2018. Her work has appeared in anthologies They Said: An Anthology of Collaborative Writing, Counter- Desecration: A Glossary for Writing in the Anthropocene, and FAR VILLAGES: WELCOME ESSAYS FOR NEW & BEGINNER POETS (Black Lawrence Press, 2020). A chapbook, cold spell, is forthcoming from the DUSIE Kollektiv. She is also author of SUPERMOON (Singing Horse Press, 2020) and translated LONG RIVER (Tinfish Press, 2018).Author City: SAINT LOUIS, MO USA