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Poetry. Winner of the Red Mountain Discovery Award for a first book. Roosting crows trace "a memory of abundance." Stars speak and then fall silent. A coyote will not be reduced to a prop. Saints are tested, composers come unstrung, and trees transform into totems. The interplay of art and nature, of culture and climate, lies at the heart of this award-winning collection. Tessa Kale deftly ranges from Hudson River scenes past and present to Neolithic Europe, from nineteenth-century Hamburg brothels to 1970s performance art, and from inside a beehive to the farthest celestial reaches, in poems that capture the wonder and fragility of worlds without and within, and the sheer "joy of flying sideways."
"CROW'S CUP, poems by Tessa Kale, is a treasure chest of nature walks, artworks, romance, and piano recitals. Her engaging topics range to more serious issues of climate change. And of course, there are the crows who populate the book like a Greek chorus—in the background but ever present. This collection debuts a writer with a compelling voice that will transform all who listen."—Denise Low
"Tessa Kale stands out brilliantly among living poets for versatility, originality, intelligence, and wit. She is a friend of the natural world—its flora, fauna, bodies of water, weather, idioms; every one of her phrases reveals some fact of perception, emotion, or memory. Reading her poems is for me a renewal as well as pure fun. A reader can hardly ask for more."—William Harmon
Tessa Kale is the author of the prize-winning chapbook The Hudson Line and has had poems published in The Yale Review, The Western Humanities Review, Prelude, and many other publications. A graduate of Columbia University's MFA program, she works as an editor on The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry. She lives in Poughkeepsie, New York, with her husband.Author City: POUGHKEEPSIE, NY USA