Cassie Premo Steele
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Yes, thank you! This is a new poem called “Dear Audre, Mother.”
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My most recent poetry book is Tongues in Trees: poems 1994-2017.
The link for the Kindle edition at Amazon.
The link for the paperback is Amazon.
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What inspired you to write this Chapbook/Book? What else should we know about it? Or just add the Blurb.
Tongues in Trees is about revolution, both personal and political, and this collection shows the long arc of poetic ferocity that has often been overshadowed by the more nurturing contours of Cassie Premo Steele’s writing.
This new volume contains all her previously published poems from journals and anthologies since 1994, plus brand new poems.
Consciously responding to this historical moment in which we are being asked to stand up and #resist and make our voices heard, these poems are fiercely allied with intersectional feminist and environmental movements.
What was your journey to publication like?
I started thinking about the poems that I’d published in journals and anthologies over the years, and in conversation with my poetry publisher, Annmarie Lockhart at Unbound Content, we decided to release a collection of these poems plus new ones that address the current political situation.
Here’s a new poem from the collection that illustrates what I mean.
Politics This isn’t new politics like poetry it takes the very old and sits her down at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee maybe it is night and babies are sleeping after a day that wouldn’t quit maybe it is before dawn and someone is gone never to come back maybe it is cloudy and a small lamp lends light to her hands maybe it is sunny and birds at the feeder give them something to look at when words are slow in this conversation between women and when you refill the coffee you don’t need to be a leader when you drink you don’t need to follow because each body is equal in the swallow and we take turns serving and being served and this is the essence of this politics nothing is fixed and when it’s time we all get up to do the dishes. -from Tongues in Trees by Cassie Premo Steele
Any upcoming Chapbook/Book releases? Upcoming poems in magazines?
I was very happy to have my poem, “I Want to Praise Myself,” included in the Fall 2020 issue of Gyroscope Review.
Here is a list of my most recent poetry publications:
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Any poets or books that inspired your writing?
Audre Lorde has always been and still is my poet mother. That’s why I chose to share this recording of my poem addressed to her.
Who are you currently reading?
The Overstory, a novel by Richard Powers. It’s poetry in narrative form – about trees!
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As a poet who lives in the south, I think what’s been happening in Texas – with climate change, immigration, infrastructure problems – is indicative of the kinds of issues that we need to address nationally with innovation and deep healing.
Raices is an organization that does this in tangible and human ways.
Cassie Premo Steele is a lesbian, ecofeminist, mother, poet, novelist, and essayist whose writing focuses on the themes of trauma, healing, creativity, mindfulness and the environment. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and she has published 16 books, including 6 books of poetry, and her poetry has been nominated 6 times for the Pushcart Prize. She is a recipient of The Archibald Rutledge Prize and The John Edward Johnson Prize, as well as the Carrie McCray Literary Award for Poetry, and she was a Finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award judged by the current US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. She lives in South Carolina with her wife, dog and 3 chickens.
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