The fourth poetry collection by Sandra Meek is a kinetic exploration of breakage and survival. The poems are ompelled by the decline and death of the poet’s mother and by other urgent encounters at home and abroad—in the American South, Latin American, sub-Saharan Africa, and elsewhere. Forcibly sprayed, swirling like the gravel of the book's title, the lens of these poems fractures but never cracks, instead gaining new and unforeseen perspectives—even, in the end, an improbable wholeness, hard earned and exquisitely rendered.
Praise for the Book:
“Sandra Meek’s poems are both deeply surprising and deeply felt. Precise and faceted, any line, it feels, conveys some new constellation of image, knowledge and feeling. Road Scatter is a book of mourning, but also a book of living: rising from grief, these are pages returning light in all directions.”—Jane Hirshfield
“Sandra Meek’s breathtaking new collection exhibits the extraordinary scope and power of her work. She holds us close to the intimacy and ravages of loss, yet her poems remain fearless in their belief in human reckoning. Elegant and elegiac, Road Scatter gathers into a book of the body, a book whose ending we know awaits each of us not far up the road, in the distance quietly closing in ahead.” —David St. John
“What here begins in personal elegy develops by faithful observation and keen articulation a pastoral, a cosmic reach, implicating the earth and all its fragile phenomena in melancholy procession. That ancient trope recovers an astonishing, credible currency in these lines where Sandra Meek attends all that is ‘ghosting in [her] hands.’”—Scott Cairns
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Original Trade Paperback/$15.95 (Can. $17.00)/ISBN 978-0-89255-419-5/80 pages/Poetry