Poetry. llustrations by Jessica Zeglin. YOU THIS CLOSE is a rippling work encompassing love and water, longing and the natural world. Su Smallen wrote these poems during a residency with the St. Croix Watershed Research Station, where she learned about aquifers and diatoms from the scientists there, kindred in their curiosity about the elegant ways nature works. With imagery from the river and its creatures, the poems of YOU THIS CLOSE are linked together with the last line of one becoming the first line of the next, making a structure that matches a kind of diatom chain. The poems are also about hope for love, addressing a beloved not yet met.
Su Smallen is the author of six collections of poetry. Her first book, Weight of Light, was nominated for the Pushcart Press Editors' Book Award, and BUDDHA, PROOF (Red Dragonfly Press, 2016) was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.Author City: SAINT PAUL, MN USA