Poetry. Music. GATHEREST defiantly attests to intimacy and our binding humanness amidst an alienating present. In three elegant poems, brushes with contemporary violence are met with meditations on kinship and communication alongside coursing reflections on the elemental foundations that borne and ground our existence. "Daughter," she addresses, "people are not bad / not evil / people want to be like water / and go where currents send them." Both candid and hopeful, Steensen stares down modern anxieties, embraces vulnerability and presents empathy as an antidote to pervasive chaos.
Sasha Steensen is the author of three previous books: HOUSE OF DEER (2014), THE METHOD (2008), and A MAGIC BOOK (2004), all from Fence Books. Recent work has appeared in Kenyon Review, West Branch, Omniverse, and Dusie. Openings: Into Our Vertical Cosmos was recently published as an online chapbook by Essay Press. She teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Colorado State University, where she also serves as a poetry editor for Colorado Review. She lives with her husband and two daughters, and she tends a garden, a flock of chickens, a barn cat, and two goats. Her latest book is GATHEREST (Ahsahta Press, 2017).Author City: FORT COLLINS, CO USA