River Electric with Light

River Electric with Light

by Sarah Wetzel


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Sarah Wetzel’s stunning second collection of poems, River Electric with Light, is a work of pilgrimage, a work in search of the sacred and the spiritually significant. Touching down in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Kabul, New York, and Rome, Wetzel’s poems, ranging from lyric meditations to discursive drama, weave themselves from her life as wife, lover, stepmother, and traveler. She names the force propelling her River—“If I must choose a word for you, / let it be the word / for what flows,” she writes. At times joyful, at times grief-ridden, Wetzel’s poems accumulate associatively pulling slivers of secular solace from a world where violence infuses the body, the landscape, and even dreams, recognizing that while: “Our lives are always half over. / There’s still time.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597092869
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 10/15/2015
Edition description: 1
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Sarah Wetzel, poet and engineer, is the author of Bathsheba Transatlantic, winner of the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. She holds an engineering degree from Georgia Tech and MBA from Berkeley. More importantly for her poetry, Sarah completed a MFA in Creative Writing at Bennington College in January 2009. Dividing time between Tel Aviv, Rome, and Manhattan, Sarah currently teaches literature at The American University of Rome. Samples of her writings can be found in many journals as well as www.sarahwetzel.com.

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“I’m in awe of Sarah Wetzel’s skill for fusing intensity with precision, Biblical vision with everyday observation, go-for-broke abandon with consummate care. Few contemporary poets have Wetzel’s genuine, theological imagination. Even fewer are able to render that imagination with such sensuous skill—a skill that masterfully balances ‘delicious disorder’ with abiding formal intelligence. River Electric with Light is a superb collection.”

—Peter Campion

“Sarah Wetzel writes ‘My worship of rivers is a worship of what flows’ and that reverence is omnipresent in her collection River Electric with Light. The poems flow and like rivers, everything is carried with its current—meaning, insight, feelings, images. Like a natural river, its banks ‘blur’ and overflow. This is a wonderful collection of poems that beckons the reader to dive in, to flow, and be swept to surprise. Like a good river journey, once you’ve finished River Electric with Light , you’ll want to go back to the beginning and take the journey again.”

—J. P. Dancing Bear

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