Susan Terris and Lynne Thompson - Green Leaves, Unseeing and Blue on a Blue Palette (Corte Madera Store)

Susan Terris and Lynne Thompson

Green Leaves, Unseeing and Blue on a Blue Palette

Corte Madera Store
Sat., May 25th, 2024 • 11:00am

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"Susan Terris is a poet of tensile, particular language and fearless investigation."--Jane Hirshfield

"In a crazed world, we love small things," a speaker tells us in GREEN LEAVES, UNSEEING. And this poet offers up chocolate soufflé, honeycomb, ghost bones, geese arrowing south, black widows, autumn's blaze, ice houses on a frozen lake. All beads strung along the twine of poems crafted with grit and humor and--shall I say it?--grace." - Danusha Laméris


Susan Terris is a freelance editor and the author of 8 books of poetry, 17 chapbooks, 3 artist's books, and 2 plays. Her recent books are Dream Fragments (Swan Scythe Press: Winner) 2020, Familiar Tense (Marsh Hawk) 2019, Take Two: Film Studies (Omnidawn) 2017, Memos (Omnidawn) 2015; and Ghost of Yesterday: New & Selected Poems (Marsh Hawk) 2012. Journals include The Southern ReviewGeorgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Blackbird, and Ploughshares. Poems of hers have appeared in Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry. Ms. Terris is editor emerita of Spillway Magazine and a poetry editor at Pedestal.


"Susan Terris is a poet of tensile, particular language and fearless investigation. In this far-reaching book, Terris's gifts of superb observation and word craft turn in multiple directions--into the myths, stories and realities of childhood; into the myths, stories and rendered lives of figures from science, history, and the arts; into the myths, stories, and (sur)realities of personal experience. This book holds the manyness of selves, both intimate and enlarging; it is also a book of connection, world witness, self-witness, and imaginative expansion." - Jane Hirshfield




Lynne Thompson's Blue on a Blue Palette reflects on the condition of women--their joys despite their histories, and their insistence on survival as issues of race, culture, pandemic, and climate threaten their livelihoods. The documentation of these personal odysseys--which vary stylistically from abecedarians to free verse to centos--replicate the many ways women travel through the stages of their lives, all negotiated on a palette encompassing various shades of blue. These poems demand your attention, your voice: "Say history. Claim. Say wild."


Lynne Thompson is the author of three collections of poetry, Beg No Pardon, winner of the Perugia Press and Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award; Start With A Small Guitar; and Fretwork, winner of the 2019 Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize selected by Jane Hirshfield. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, Thompson is the recipient of multiple awards including an Individual Artist Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles, the Tucson Literary Festival Poetry Prize, and the Steven Dunn Poetry Prize. Lynne lives in Los Angeles CA.


"Maybe because Dave Brubeck's 'Blue Rondo à la Turk' was the first piece of music my jazz-loving daddy ever played for me, and blue is, hands down, my favorite color, I fell head-over-heels for Lynne Thompson's snappy, all systems go paean to blue. Flying a banner of unfettered joy and lucidity, she champions African American resilience ('Langston Won't Stay in His Grave') and fearless womanhood ('A Woman's Body Aging, Still Loves Itself') in the face of everyday ignorance and carnage. With the unfailing wand of her intelligence, empathy, and bull's-eye humor, everything this fast-paced poet contemplates turns to dazzling sparks and sleight-of-hand." -- Cyrus Cassells author of The World That the Shooter Left Us


"Lynne Thompson's Blue on a Blue Palette is at turns--and, often, all at once--old and new. That is, rooted strongly in a long tradition and legitimately experimental. Thompson's range in form and subject matter is equaled only by the deftness with which she handles each. In these pages we get a true blue blueswoman who knows when to whisper and when to wail, one who has lived some, and means to make song of what she's seen." -- John Murillo, author of Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry



Susan Terris photo courtesy of the author. Lynn Thompson photo courtesy of the author.


Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Blue on a Blue Palette By Lynne Thompson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781960145147
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Published: BOA Editions - April 16th, 2024