And Other Bodiless Powers
“This poet possesses a precision both spare and fierce. And Other Bodiless Powers is cut from the same cloth as the poems of Lorine Niedecker in that they both read a landscape, down to its smallest aspect, and create from these thickets, fogs and skiffs of snow a human language. When Sarah Aronson zeroes in, the world opens.”
–Andrew Grace, author of A Belonging Field, Sancta, and Shadeland
“Sarah Aronson’s poems cultivate presence. As if sculpted by the elemental forces of wind, rain and time And Other Bodiless Powers gives form to feelings and ideas that can only emerge through deep attention to a world where ‘what is torn/is also tender.’ This thrilling debut renders a poetics akin to the warblers who ‘hook their tiniest/songs to fog.'”
–Rob Schlegel, author of The Lesser Fields, January Machine, and In the Tree Where the Double Sex Sleeps
“In this searching debut, Aronson carries out the essential ‘sourcework’ of looking deep into the intersection of landscape and self. What I admire is that such a confluence yields no certainty or dogma; instead, the poet gives us a vision rife with mystery and lyric intervention. In the tradition of Gary Snyder and Lorine Niedecker, Aronson steps ‘full weight/into a world’ and she does so using a language all her own. This is a collection to celebrate.”
— Michael McGriff, author of Home Burial, Black Postcards and Early Hour
Sarah Aronson is a featured author in Bright Bones, an anthology of innovative literature which is currently available at Open Country Press. Bright Bones includes fresh poems, stories, lyric essays and translations, as well as cross-genre, collaborative and experimental works. Emerging and established writers from Montana and/or those who have spent a significant amount of time in Montana are featured.
(Cover art: Kelly Packer)
We Leave the Flowers Where They Are
Sarah’s nonfiction piece, “The Lookout,” appears in We Leave The Flowers Where They Are. The anthology’s website also features exclusive content from Sarah’s landscape memoir which is a love letter to the urban glacier of her home. Sarah’s other poems appear in the anthology, which is a truly diverse collection, with stories from women all around the Big Sky State, from Powder River to Eureka. Reflecting the lives of all Montana women, the authors’ stories offer joy, pain, humor and hope. From the story of how a midwife in Montana was sued and fought in court to ultimately earn the first professional license issued by the state, to the memoir of an incarcerated woman diagnosed with AIDS, the anthology represents the voices of writers with stories that demand to be told. These memoirs will help other women to not feel alone, ashamed, and to believe that change is possible.
A portion of the book’s proceeds will benefit two nonprofit organizations — Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC), an arts nonprofit based in Missoula, and Humanities Montana, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) with offices around the state.