Sara Tolchin - What Just Happened (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 4:00pm

Sara Berkeley Tolchin's new collection of poems begins: "I'd like my heart / to be without conditions, / to crack each day a little more open," an ambition these vibrant, airy poems explore in the book's copious reach. It reflects on themes of loss and losing. "My mother is missing. The stars too, / the stars are not where I left them, / they are not in their constellations."

As Wes Davis observed, in his Harvard Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry, "her rich poems -- and her sharp eye for details of the natural world -- are given a resonant tension by the stretched ties to her native country." What Just Happened includes poems set on the west coasts of Ireland and the United States. But "the rumble beneath her poetic language," Davis continues, "is most often the noise made by the tectonic plates of personality as they shift beneath the surface terrain of relationships." 

Flights--actual and imaginary--embrace a search for "true north, / the secret heart of all things." Though they address places where "much hurt comes to rest" they sing "O holy life" and frame a time that was "a good day...full of miracles."

Sara Berkeley Tolchin grew up in Ireland and now lives in Fairfax, California. She has had six collections of poetry published: Penn, Home-movie Nights, Facts About Water, Strawberry Thief, The View from Here and What Just Happened; also a collection of short stories The Swimmer in the Deep Blue Dream and a novel Shadowing Hannah. Her poetry has been widely anthologized, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Irish Times Poetry Now award. When she’s not making vast sums of money as a poet, she works as a hospice nurse.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
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$14.95
ISBN: 9781591812869
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Published: Sentient Publications - September 7th, 2016

Sara Berkeley Tolchin's new collection of poems begins: "I'd like my heart / to be without conditions, / to crack each day a little more open," an ambition these vibrant, airy poems explore in the book's copious reach. It reflects on themes of loss and losing: "My mother is missing.