Poetry. The poems in THIS SWEET HAPHAZARD are anything but haphazard in their designs and effects, and while sweetness resides here, it's a sweetness hard won by looking at life unflinchingly. "Green is a changeable color," Wegener tells us in the marvelous poem sequence "Neighborhood," an observation at the heart of all that's here, from nature to neighborhood to self and back again. Wegener's gift is to show us that the ever-changing, the temporal, is as close as we're apt to come to paradise.
"In THIS SWEET HAPHAZARD, Gillian Wegener turns her well-tuned ear, her sharp eye, and her considerable intelligence and humor to the California of lightning fires, bulldozed almond trees, and murky rivers with unpredictable currents, as well as that of clear desert night skies, foggy coastlines, and the green light that filters through the sequoias. She sees the beauty and melancholy all around her, and she approaches it with tenderness and without aesthetic pretension. This is a beautiful book of powerful poems."—Jane Mead
Gillian Wegener is the author of THIS SWEET HAPHAZARD (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2017), THE OPPOSITE OF CLAIRVOYANCE (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2008), and a chapbook, Lifting One Foot, Lifting the Other (In the Grove Press, 2001). Wegener has won several awards for her work including the Dorothy Sargent Rosenburg Poetry Prize in 2006 and 2007 and the Zocalo Public Square Prize for Poetry of Place in 2015. Wegener, a junior high teacher, lives with her husband and daughter in Modesto, CA, where she is a cofounder of Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center and has served as the poet laureate for the City of Modesto.
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