Two poets share their latest collections.
Gloved Against Blood explores the fraught relationships of four generations of women against a backdrop of the patriarchal textile mills of 19th century Lowell, Massachusetts. It speaks to family, infidelities, abandonment and the close work, women's work of mending what is torn, making it like new despite the forces of inherited histories.
Cindy Veach received an MFA from the University of Oregon. Her poetry has appeared in Chicago Review, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, The Journal, the North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Crab Creek Review, and others. She is also an award-winning quilter whose work was selected to tour with the Smithsonian. She manages fundraising programs for nonprofit organizations and lives in Manchester, Massachusetts.
When Hollywood Comes to You explores the conflict between the story we tell ourselves about our life and the actual, everyday stuff that makes up our life, which, when looked at closely, is often surprising in its oddness, silliness, and sometimes mercy. The poems evoke the loneliness and anxiety of not living up to our life story as well as the transcendent feeling when these two lives align.
Vincent Guerra was born and raised in Grass Valley, California. He received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and his PhD from Florida State University. He lives in Boston.