Undersea is Seaton's free-wheeling series of love notes to her transplanted sea-struck self and her salty sidekick--poems that celebrate her signature wit and joy in that wild state of mind called Florida. Author Caridad Moro-Gronlier writes of Undersea: Told with her singular wit and wisdom honed by salt and sun and brine, the poems are besotted with Florida-its superhero pelicans, the rum-macerated retirees baking in the sun, the soundtrack of air-conditioning, and a lover's night terrors playing in an oceanside efficiency. The speaker in these poems is love-laden but clear-eyed, sure that "there is no line between water and sky," the perfect "stark raving" guide for the reader eager to "...proceed until the edge of the cave / or run out of air, whichever comes first." Author Gregg Shapiro said: Poet diva Maureen Seaton's sun- and sea-drenched poetry collection combines all of her strengths: teacher, lover, observer, seeker, reporter, tour guide, singer, naturalist, rover, sibling, and wordsmith. Seaton invites readers to a faulty but irresistible paradise, complete with detailed instructions, and we'd be foolish not to accept. Still playful, still furiously cooking up ways to feed our poetic hunger. Seaton's Undersea is a thirst-quenching series of love poem postcards to and from Florida. Author Julie Marie Wade said: Undersea is a novella in poems. I was flung loose from my body so many times, sailing across the Sunshine State on a cloud of sensuous imagery. In Seaton's rendering of this land we love, "Avocados/fall like big and little bombs," "egrets grow fat on curly fries," and "there is no line between water and sky." Come for the "gibbous moonlight," the "canny pelicans," a "speedboat full of gangsters." Stay for the long-won wisdom of the poet herself, who hearkens Blake's imperative to "see the world in a grain of sand"--literally and figuratively, too. Seaton is the glass and the salt, the sling and the shot, "the blue ineffable" that lingers beyond her most luminous feats of language.⠀
About the Author
Maureen Seaton has authored twenty-two poetry collections, both solo and collaborative-most recently, Sweet World (CavanKerry, 2019), winner of the Florida Book Award in Poetry, and the chapbooks Myth America (Anhinga, 2020), co-written with Carolina Hospital, Nicole Hospital-Medina, and Holly Iglesias, and Zero-Zero (Hysterical Books, 2021), co-written with Kristine Snodgrass. Her honors include the NEA, Pushcart, and Lambda Literary Awards for Furious Cooking (Iowa, 1996) and Sex Talks to Girls: A Memoir (U. of Wisconsin, 2008, 2018). Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry and numerous anthologies and literary journals. Seaton is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Miami and was voted Miami's Best Poet 2020 by The Miami New Times.