Newly out from the University of Georgia Press is the first full length book from poet Dawn Lundy Martin. A GATHERING OF MATTER, A MATTER OF GATHERING is described by Nathaniel Mackey as "a long song of bodily bereavement . . . an always agile colloquy of image and assertion . . ."
Dawn is part of the BLACK TOOK COLLECTIVE and is a cofounder of the Third Wave Foundation. I first heard her poetry in Iowa City some years ago and was taken, as one would expect in the presence of the Black Took Collective. She's now teaching in Pittsburgh. Here's a short selection from the book:
THE SYMBOLIC NATURE OF CHAOS
There were robberies and thieves, deft cutting into and savaging,
portents like a yelling and a tree. What would come now
that the drifting had begun? Now that the swinging, inconsistent
with landscapes (what cyclones left) in the darkness of this bereft body.
A thing ungroomed.