Reaching the Shore of the Sea of Fertility

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Belle Point Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.25 inches | 0.36 pounds

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About the Author
Anna Laura Reeve is a poet born and raised in East Tennessee. Winner of the 2022 Adrienne Rich Award, her work has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal,, Room, Still, and others. She has an MA in literature and creative writing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
"Though the opening 'Ars Poetica' promises to be a 'Domestic poem. No hunts, / no kills, ' the landscape of Anna Laura Reeve's stunning first book is anything but tranquil. Wild-eyed with the electric exhaustion of new motherhood, this speaker is an able guide through both the erratic interior terrain of life with a 'lion-tamer' of a newborn and the wilderness of southern Appalachia. Through the 'shipwreck' of birth and the 'exile' of early motherhood, these poems grapple with the impossibility and the necessity of being both mother and artist."-Nancy Reddy, author of Pocket Universe
"Anna Laura Reeve's work sets the standard for honest, visceral songs about postpartum life and living fully in the female body. Every parent will recognize the strains and joys of being fully present for one's offspring. Reeve's observations about nature and birds will attract poets, ecologists, naturalists and readers of all ages, parents or not. The forms are diverse and permit no spillage, no emotional waste. This is a prize-worthy volume that stays personal as it opens us to the wider world we long to belong to and hope to preserve."-Marilyn Kallet, author of Even When We Sleep and former Poet Laureate of Knoxville, Tennessee
"Anna Laura Reeve has arrived, and her strength carries readers along as she explores the ever-evolving physical and emotional landscapes of family and motherhood. Reaching the Shore of the Sea of Fertility is an artist's notebook, letters to (and from) a young poet, and a manual on how to pursue the most meaningful questions about embracing one's life, obstacles and all. These poems have a raw and musical radiance, a little bit Joni Mitchell and a little bit Johnny Paycheck. They display a crystalline brilliance with metaphor and analogy, picturing Tennessee Red Cob corn 'heavy as milk glass, alive as an animal.' Reeve shares a special attunement with the world of plants, both cultivated and wild, and with the carpenter bees, towhees, and brown thrashers that inhabit the air around us. She has created such a luminous and resonant collection of poems that I can hardly believe it is her first book. I welcome the new voice and vision of Reaching the Shore of the Sea of Fertility, already fully formed and soaring."-Jesse Graves, author of Merciful Days and Said-Songs: Essays on Poetry and Place