Poetry. HERE explores a method of expansiveness, how poems sustain a very long line, taking in emotions, objects, and scenes as they appear or are built. Stretching the concept of sentence and description to capacity, the poems witness such subjects as public commemoration and war, the death of a friend, and the distinct mood of love in relation to one's environment and powers of description. Unlike its predecessor WITHOUT, written in short lines and a terse diction, HERE is a celebration of just that, the here and now—how we inhabit it affectively and visually, how we represent it and build small narratives from the scarcest of clues.
CAMERA is Maxine Chernoff's 16th book of poems. Her previous book, HERE, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award, as were 2 of her 6 works of fiction. Her book of stories Signs of Devotion was a NYT Notable Book of 1993. In 2013 she won an NEA Fellowship in Poetry and in 2009 the PEN USA Translation Award for a co-translation of the Selected Poems of Friedrich Hoelderlin. She is former editor of New American Writing and professor and former chair of the Dept of Creative Writing at SFSU. She has taught in Exeter, England, Prague, and St Petersburg, Russia, and was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2016. Author City: MILL VALLEY, CA USA