Poetry. California Interest. Sally Ashton's new collection of prose poems debuts very nearly on the 100th anniversary of the first observation confirming Albert Einstein's prediction that light from another star would be bent by the sun's gravity. In THE BEHAVIOUR OF CLOCKS she uses Einstein's famous thought experiments as the launchpad for a poetic inquiry into time—the simultaneity of the past, present, and future in how each informs any moment. Fellow poet Amy Gerstler writes, "Ashton's investigative meditations maintain constant awareness of territories shared by physics and poetry. These wonderfully reflective poems arise from something like a physicist's precision of mind and a shaman's sensitivity of vision."
Sally Ashton is editor-in-chief of DMQ Review, an online journal featuring poetry and art. Writing across genres, in collaboration with artists, and specializing in short prose forms, Ashton is the author of three collections in addition to THE BEHAVIOUR OF CLOCKS (WordFarm, 2019). These are Some Odd Afternoon, Her Name Is Juanita, and These Metallic Days. She is also assistant editor of THEY SAID: A MULTI-GENRE ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY COLLABORATIVE WRITING (Black Lawrence Press, 2018).Author City: LOS GATOS, CA USA