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Author Cary Waterman

Join author Cary Waterman for an evening of poetry and writing discussion at Drury Lane Books. Ms. Waterman will read from her recent poetry collection: Threshold: New and Selected Poems, take questions from the audience, and sign books.


Cary Waterman is the author of seven books of poems, including The Salamander Migration from the U. of Pittsburgh Press and When I Looked Back You Were Gone from Holy Cow! Press, a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. Book of Fire from Nodin Press was a finalist for the Midwest Book Award. Her most recent publication Threshold, New and Collected Poems includes the best individual poems from her earlier work and a generous sampling of new poems. Her memoir, Horizon, appears in the anthology, The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home. It was previously published in the online journal, Rkvry. She has also published reviews and essays widely and was co-editor, with Jim Moore, of Minnesota Writes: Poetry published by Milkweed Editions. Cary has received fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, The Loft, and the McKnight Foundation and has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony and at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. She received the Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction in Poetry.

She has taught at various colleges and universities, most recently in the MFA Program at Augsburg University. She lives in St. Paul.


The stages in Cary Waterman's career as a poet and teacher have been mileposted by the publication of a succession of fine collections dating back to 1975. She has now gathered together the best individual poems from each of these books, along with a robust sampling of her most recent work, into one attractive book. We meet up with a tension between the wild and the domestic again and again, from a graphic scene of butchering pigs to, decades later, a lengthy poem sequence recounting Persephone's descent into the underworld.

There are moments to set the reader on edge--a marriage blender set on chip--and plenty of quiet moments, too, and spots of sheer silliness. Making elderberry jam becomes both a heroic and an erotic experience, an acupuncture treatment is transformed into a spiritual ordeal. Perhaps Robert Bly said it best: ''As an artist she insists that she will not let a descriptive line stand unless an inner concern of her own has broken through it...''

-Common Good Books Newsletter April, 2019

Event Date: 
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
12 E. Wisconsin St.
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Threshold: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947237100
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Published: Nodin Press - September 10th, 2018