Share the Wealth with Andrea Scarpino: What the Willow Said as It Fell
by Mark Chmiel
In time for National Poetry Month, Andrea Scarpino will do our next Share the Wealth on her new book of poetry, What the Willow Said as It Fell. Andrea shared with us in September 2014, and we are delighted for this opportunity to be with her again as she tours the country.
Here is a response to Andrea’s book by Philip Gross: “This brave and beautiful book is not simply writing about the body—the writer’s own—in chronic pain; it is a deep inhabiting of it, moving through it like a landscape, using all the resources of poetry to stay alert, still thinking, seeking and responding at the point where language generally breaks down. Andrea Scarpino faces not just the drama but the tedium of pain, and offers us no easy comfort; rather, there is both raw insight and surprising grace. The writing dissolves the usual boundaries, between prose and poetry, medical fact and mythical imagination and—like pain itself—between our individual bodies and the whole surrounding world.”
FRIDAY 29 April
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Andrea begins sharing at 6:45
At the home of Courtney Barrett
St Louis MO
Andrea Scarpino is the author of the poetry collection Once, Then (Red Hen Press, 2014), and the chapbook The Grove Behind (Finishing Line Press, 2009). She received a PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, and an MFA from The Ohio State University. She serves as Poet Laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (2015-2017) and has been published in numerous journals including The Cincinnati Review, Los Angeles Review, PANK, and Prairie Schooner. She lives in Marquette, MI.