The poems in START AGAIN were written during the covid pandemic, and speak of solitude and isolation. The “Monastery” poems are about inward examination and self-reflection.
Yet these poems also reach outward, experiencing being a grandmother and once again entering the magical world of childhood. And they extend even further, into the wider socio- political realms: crossing borders, engaging with social unrest. Sometimes they use the mythic and archetypical, as if to scry the future. Sometimes they leap back into memory. Most often, they help locate the poetic self—and the reader—in a present that is both ephemeral and vivid.
Ryo Yamaguchi @ Poetry FoundationJessica de Koninck @ Midwest Book Reviews
Miriam Sagan is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Her most recent include Start Again (Red Mountain, 2022) and A Hundred Cups of Coffee (Tres Chicas, 2019). She is a two-time winner of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards as well as a recipient of the City of Santa Fe Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and a New Mexico Literary Arts Gratitude Award. She has been a writer in residence in four national parks, Yaddo, MacDowell, Gullkistan in Iceland, Kura Studio in Japan, and a dozen more remote and interesting places. She works with text and sculptural installation as part of the creative team Maternal Mitochondria in venues ranging from RV Parks to galleries. She founded and directed the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College until her retirement. Her poetry was set to music for the Santa Fe Women's Chorus, incised on stoneware for two haiku pathways, and projected as video inside an abandoned building during the pandemic.