The first full-length collection of poems by Kate Reavey.
For the last three decades, poet Kate Reavey has lived on Lost Mountain, taught college, and raised a family, all with an eye and ear closely attuned to the intricate subtleties of her inner and outer landscapes. In poems both intimate and philosophical, she reveals a fascination with language matched only by her care for the world she deeply inhabits. These luminous poems shine light on the dark, difficult moments of living in an uncertain world—a world steeped in loss—but illumined by the poet’s belief in the power of love to sustain and transform. We’re drawn into the gravitational pull of Reavey’s universe, as the curve of her life becomes both metaphor and inspiration to follow.
“The poems in Kate Reavey’s Curve tenderly follow the contours of a fully embodied life—the lush hums of desire, the hard swerves of grief. Her steadfast attention to the way light defines the places and people she loves evokes the solace of timeless wonder.” —H.K. Hummel, author of Lessons in Breathing Underwater
Kate Reavey completed an MA in poetry with Gary Snyder as her mentor. She worked as a fire dispatch and interpretive ranger before deciding on a path of teaching, which she has followed for more than thirty years. Her chapbooks Through the East-Window (Sagittarius Press) and Trading Posts (Tangram) are limited- edition, letter-pressed works, and Too Small to Hold You was published by Pleasure Boat Studio. She coordinates Studium Generale at Peninsula College, and for many years was codirector of the Foothills Writers Series. Her PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities is centered on poetry, somebodyness, and beloved community.