Poetry. Latinx Studies. Native American Studies. WEAVING THE TERRAIN: 100-WORD SOUTHWESTERN POEMS is the third collection in a unique series from Dos Gatos Press—"Poetry of the American Southwest"—following up on LIFTING THE SKY: SOUTHWESTERN HAIKU AND HAIGA (2013) and BEARING THE MASK: SOUTHWESTERN PERSONA POEMS (2016). Each poem is exactly one hundred words, no more, no less. Within this restriction, however, you'll find poems as varied as the landscape, the history, the people they evoke. WEAVING THE TERRAIN includes stunning prose poems and haibun, as well as poems in every shape made possible by a poet's imagination and the hundred words chosen. Each poem is a concentrated gem on a topic related to the broad area known as the Southwest.
Editors David Meischen and Scott Wiggerman have arranged 211 poems by 151 poets in eight engaging chapters, opening with "These Immediate Splendors," poems that will immerse you in momentary delights, and closing with "Necklace of Stones," poems that explore grief, loss, endurance. In between, you'll find chapters with these evocative titles: "Body of Memory," "Songs of the Living," "Sienna and Sand," "Half-Lives Slowly Ticking," "All Hunger and Thirst," and "Rooted in Resilience." Award-winning poets include Dorothy Alexander, Gloria Amescua, Shayna Begay, Alan Birkelbach, Lauren Camp, Chip Dameron, Gregory Louis Candela, karla k. morton, Elina Petrova, Brenda Nettles Riojas, Sharon Suzuki-Martinez, Larry D. Thomas, and Loretta Diane Walker.
David Meischen has been honored by a Pushcart Prize for his autobiographical essay, "How to Shoot at Someone Who Outdrew You," available in Pushcart Prize XLII. Recipient of the 2017 Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story from the Texas Institute of Letters, Meischen has recent fiction, nonfiction, or poetry in Borderlands, bosque, The Gettysburg Review, Manzano Mountain Review, The Ocotillo Review, San Pedro River Review, Southern Poetry Review, Talking Writing, and elsewhere. Co-founder and Managing Editor of Dos Gatos Press, he lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his husband—also his co-publisher and co-editor—Scott Wiggerman. Scott Wiggerman is the author of three books of poetry—Leaf and Beak: Sonnets (a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters' Helen C. Smith Memorial Award), Presence, and Vegetables and Other Relationships; and the co-editor of WINGBEATS: EXERCISES & PRACTICE IN POETRY I & II, LIFTING THE SKY: SOUTHWESTERN HAIKU & HAIGA, BEARING THE MASK: SOUTHWESTERN PERSONA POEMS, and Earthsigns, the anthology of 2017's Haiku North America conference. Recent poems have appeared in Switched-on Gutenberg, Modern Haiku, Under the Bashō, Ocotillo Review, bosque, Chelsea Station, and Sin Fronteras. He is the Chair of the Albuquerque chapter of the New Mexico State Poetry Society.Author City: AUSTIN, TX USA