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Entries from a personal field guide
poems by Maralee Gerke
104 pages: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Retail price: $20
“In these poems, Maralee Gerke pays passionate attention to the world: she is a close observer of nature, of other people, of the big life transitions, of the changes in her own body. Her poems resonate with watchful commentary that scrutinizes not only the passage of time but also the stubborn individuality of desert places, of lonely people, of the dead and dying, of lovers, of herself. Her poetic voice—quiet, confident, and powerful—helps the reader dig deeply into these poems and makes their bright poetic moments permanent.”
“Maralee Gerke’s poems merge with the land and the people of which she is a part, from coast to mountain to high desert, emerging from ‘the Frontera Del Norte bus / onto the parking lot of Martina’s Market,’ or as she watches the woman ‘In her wheelchair … trying to / make sure she still exists.’ In ‘The Taste of Rocks,’ she wonders for herself, ‘when I lost the taste for rocks.’ These are magical poems from a pure poet.”
—Jack e Lorts
MARALEE GERKE lives and writes in Madras, Oregon. She is an avid reader and gardener. She describes herself as “a work in progress.” Her poems have been published in Calyx, Exit Thirteen, Moonset, Bathtub Gin, Anthology, Nerve Cowboy, Avocet, and Tigers Eye. She has published two books of poems and has had poetry and prose accepted in several anthologies. Her work can be seen online at Shadow Poetry, Long Story Short, and Moontown Café.
She recently recorded four poems for the Oregon Poetic Voices Project. They can be heard at oregonpoeticvoices.org. One of her poems was chosen for a special broadside project done in 2012 at the Penland School of Crafts. Her poem, “Natural History,” was included in a serial poem with eighteen other Oregon poets. Through this project, she participated in a series of readings in Portland, Eugene, and Pendleton, Oregon, in 2013.
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