Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for this stellar trio of poets as they read from their latest works.
On Feeding Hour by Jessica Gigot: the Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield said “everything has a beginning and an end. Make peace with this and all will be well.” In Jessica Gigot’s Feeding Hour we encounter this basic truth again and again. What can one animal teach another about the harsh hours of labor, mothering, and letting go? How much are we part of a universal family of beings? As Gigot states, our lives are “…separate / and also glaringly interwoven.” As a farmer engaged with the life cycle of her sheep on a daily basis and her own experiences of motherhood, Gigot turns a keen eye on the vacillations of birth, growth, and departures evident in the instinctual nature of all animals. These poems reveal that “life spawns more life/ and what we care for comes/back to us in hard and mysterious ways.”
Viable, by Chloe Yelena Miller is a memoir in verse. The book follows a mother through a miscarriage, difficult pregnancy, and postpartum depression. The poems lean on Italian and English grammar and vocabulary, recipes and the natural world. Grief and physical pain follow the mother through the pregnancy, Caesarean section, recovery and early parenthood. She learns to navigate her new body and emotions as well as the growing relationship with her child.
Madonna, Complex chronicles a woman’s faith journey alongside saints like Joan of Arc and Saint Kateri, through images of motherhood in visual art, through holy days of the Christian calendar—Ash Wednesday, Holy Saturday, All Saints Day—and sites of pilgrimage, cathedrals, wilderness, and other places holiness can be found. These poems explore the complexities of the messages we receive about what it means to say yes to God, motherhood, or to something larger than ourselves that demands our attention and energy, whether it’s bearing a child or participating in a political protest.
Jessica Gigot is a poet, farmer, teacher, and musician. She has a small farm in Bow, WA called Harmony Fields that makes artisan sheep cheese and grows organic herbs. Her second book, Feeding Hour, was published (Nov 2020) by Trail to Table Press, an imprint of Wandering Aengus Press. Her writing appears in several publications such as Orion, Taproot, Gastronomica, The Hopper, and Poetry Northwest.
Chloe Yelena Miller is a writer and teacher living in Washington, D.C., with her partner and their child. Her poetry chapbook Unrest was published by Finishing Line Press (2013.) Miller teaches writing at the University of Maryland Global Campus and Politics & Prose Bookstore, as well as privately. Chloe has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA from Smith College.
Jen Stewart Fueston is the author of Madonna, Complex (Cascade Books 2020), Latch (River Glass Books 2019) and Visitations (Finishing Line Press 2015). Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in AGNI, Western Humanities Review, Structo, Spoon River Poetry Review and elsewhere. A native of Colorado, she has taught writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as internationally in Hungary, Turkey and Lithuania.
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