the Choreography of Nests
by Ingrid Keir with artwork by Kelly Ording
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The Choreography of Nests
A collection of prose-epistolary poetry by Ingrid Keir with artwork by Kelly Ording. The Choreography of Nests touches on themes of loss, survival, perseverance and self-exploration through the contradiction and complexities of modernity. A conversation weaves through a poetic landscape of voices that collide, contradict, echo, spring and recoil. Additionally, a thread of letters run throughout the collection, epistolary prose-poery that serve as a narrative, a prayer, as a direct address at times to the reader. The word "nest" is being redefined by the poet as not only a home undergoing change, but also as a balance of darkness and light, the possibility of what can be and an attempt to uncover the unknown.
Ingrid Keir is a poet, curator, and educator. She runs Feather Press, an independent women’s literary press based in the Bay Area. She is co-founder of the WordParty, a long-running San Francisco poetry and jazz series. Ingrid taught undergraduate Creative Writing at San Francisco State University while simultaneously engaging students with writers in the local community. She has been a featured reader at many diverse venues in the Bay Area including the DeYoung Museum, The Beat Museum, Quiet Lightning and San Francisco City Hall. She has written several chapbooks: The Secrets of Like (2004), Toward the Light (2007) and released a new book of poetry in September 2016, The Choreography of Nests. Recent and upcoming publications include Dash Literary Journal, Two Hawks Quarterly, Sparkle + Blink and Hot Tub Astronaut. In 2016, she was shortlisted for the Litquake poetry contest. She facilitates writing workshops in the Bay Area.
What people are saying:
"Ingrid Keir’s epistolary prose poems are nests for her meditations of heartbreak and prayers for rebirth. Beautiful love poems of shock, hurt, loneliness and longing through language and its hope. Anyone who has ever been broken by love will know love again and be grateful. “I am the thing you cannot say.” Sorrow so beautifully expressed, joy almost rises. To articulate what feels inarticulable is the fineness of Keir’s Choreography of Nests. These are her prayers, her megaphone." — Sharon Doubiago, author of Hard Country, South America Mi Hija, Body and Soul, Love on the Streets, My Father's Love and many other award-winning books of poetry and memoir.
“Beginnings and endings dominate Ingrid Keir's bright and penetrating book. She interrogates the spaces between the usual moments and fills them with the shining power of language to save us. The Choreography of Nests is an important debut and a gift to those who value the steady, redeeming poet's gaze.” — Maxine Chernoff, author of Here, Without and over twenty books poetry and fiction, professor and Chair of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.
"The Choreography of Nests is touched with grief of lost love: “No nest to share. It has been swept away by the storm.” The prose poems are remarkable in the directness and also the intermittency of their phrasing: “A fist. Eyes. Sunset.” The quest is metaphorically to cross over: “The sole survivor on an inflatable swan raft.” This is not Sylvia Plath’s stone boat but one that displays the continuing precariousness and bravery of life. The first poem, “Remembrance,” with its expansive strophes, beautifully displays this buoyancy: “By grief, that is not linear, but diagonal, circular, hexagonal, triangular. The prism follows early in the breath of new sunlight.” — Paul Hoover, author of over a dozen collections of poetry including, The Novel: A Poem, Totem and Shadow, editor of Postmodern American Poetry; and professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.
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