Always a startle, the way Newell uses language so intensely, such unexpected words and combinations:
A glitterpath to a completely new view. Giving us fins, roots, wings.
Joy in vol, Deep intake, As we Lunge into spacious. I especially like the lines, “I see clearly who I’m clinging to.”
- Fran Shaw, writer
Poetics for the More-than-Human World: An Anthology of Poetry and Commentary
Edited by Mary Newell, Bernard Quetchenbach, and Sarah Nolan, is available for pre-order from Spuyten Duyvil Press
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This amazingly capacious and intelligent collection of poems and essays is the first extended work I know to take completely seriously where poetry comes from ... Eco-concerns make us hear multiple musics in endless varied assemblages that allow us to become attuned to the many kinds of intelligences that sponsor them.
- Charles Altieri, Stageberg Professor of English, UC Berkeley
TILT/ HOVER/ VEER
Pivoting around the modular refrain “in the pith of,” the poetry chapbook TILT / HOVER / VEER depicts the planetary tilt that “shuffles the seasons,” the dynamic poise of a bird hovering, the tendency to veer as we “aim for the polestar” but “wake up awry,” and the opportunity to recover a vital orientation in the midst of life’s fluctuations.
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It is most apt that the poems in Tilt / Hover / Veer utilize the modular refrain of in the pith of, dovetailing nicely with pith’s dual meanings: spongy plant tissue and the crux of/essence. Newell’s pithy fragments capture the essence of fleeting moments in time, whole worlds of weather, and portals into the wider universe. With a calm convergence of science, nature, and delicate imagery, Mary Newell’s poems speak to us in a distilled yet expansive diction that pulses and chimes with empyrean elegance and a rhythmic beauty. This chapbook glows with fire and light.
- Cindy Hochman, editor-in-chief of First Literary Review-East