Houston: Press Release – For immediate release April 2, 2017. Saint Julian Press proudly presents a new collection of poems by Elaine Fletcher Chapman, which will be available on May 11, 2017 through fine book distributors and retailers.
Praise for HUNGER FOR SALT
“The poems of Elaine Fletcher Chapman are meditations waiting for our eyes to open. A few of these poems remind me of the beautiful seashells one finds on the beach after a storm. Chapman writes from the heart reminding us to discover the strength to love. There is loss as well as celebration in Hunger for Salt. Here are poems Thomas Merton would tuck somewhere inside his robes. Here is the Chapman rosary for our days to come.”
Ethelbert Miller Editor, Poet Lore Magazine
“In Elaine Fletcher Chapman’s Hunger for Salt, the hunger is palpable: for the natural world, the spiritual world, and the realm of the carnal. These powerful, well-crafted poems invite the reader into the place where these worlds meet. There is an intimacy here missing from much contemporary poetry, and intimacy is what drew me in until my hunger, like salt, dissolved.”
~ Wyn Cooper
“Hunger for Salt is a tender evocation of the natural world. Chapman displays a poet's sensibility, a quiet attentiveness to personal wonder, intimacy and grief. The stillness of these poems exposes the refractive quality of memory and desire; it is a poignant and elegant debut.”
~ J. Mae Barizo
Elaine Fletcher Chapman (formerly Elaine Walters McFerron) lives on the West side of the Chesapeake Bay. She holds an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars, Bennington College where she has worked on the staff since 1999. She founded The Writer’s Studio where she teaches poetry and nonfiction, provides editing services and organizes poetry readings and writing retreats. Her poems have been published in The Tishman Review, The EcoTheo Review, The Cortland Review, Connotation, The Sun, Calyx, Poet Lore, 5AM, Salamander, and others. She was guest blogger on The Best American Poetry Blog. Green River Press published her letterpress chapbook, Double Solitude. She writes nonfiction as well as poetry.
For further inquiry: http://www.elainefletcherchapman.com
BRIOCHE, LATE OCTOBER
Only days ago we sighted three bald eagles
and six blue herons in the marsh.
Sat for a time by the ocean.
It seems indulgent to want more.
I mixed the flour, eggs and warm milk.
Kneaded the dough. Let rise in the warmest room,
then braided and brushed with raw egg.
Sprinkled raw sugar. I’ve lost confidence.
For months, weighing each decision.
The late afternoon light lent itself
like an elixir. A promise kept.
Perhaps the stale grass seed
sprouted in uneven patches,
random yet patterned. The dead branches
cut in early winter, an unlit funeral pyre
on the ivy. April passes into May.
a steadfast transition of early afternoon light.
How sweet familiarity is.
cherry blossoms gather a swarm of bees.
Another added year
since my mother’s death.
One pink snapdragon in a small jar
on the window sill bends
toward the divine.
THE NORTH END
At first I thought myself exiled. Homeless,
passing through the seasons of that first year.
I considered the weightlessness of lost belongings.
Sand and light, a way of life. Weather.
A dear friend said, sometimes I feel connected to the earth by a very thin thread. I considered Blake, then Stafford.
What holds me to this place? Simple.
Basho’s words: gate, interior, swept.
Hunger for Salt by
Elaine Fletcher Chapman * ISBN-13: 978-0-9986404-1-9 *
ISBN 10: 0-9986404-1-7
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