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Poet Wendy Drexler to read at Waterstone this week

December is a month for reflection and appreciation; for slowing down and spending time with loved ones, as well as giving thought to your life and the lives of others. With this in mind, we will welcome the accomplished poet Wendy Drexler to read and discuss her poetry on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Drexler’s full-length poetry collection “Western Motel” was published by WordTech Communications/Turning Point in 2012, and her Pushcart Prize-nominated chapbook, “Drive-Ins, Gas Stations, the Bright Motels,” was published by Pudding House in 2007. She is a poetry editor for Sanctuary, the journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

In honor of her upcoming visit, here is a poem from her book “Western Motel:”

What Distance Brings

Who knows why desire grows

                                in its own shadow? We see

a distant lighthouse punctuating

                                                that sandy spit,

the sky swollen, rinsed in haze, swarming

                like a herd of stallions—

                                we like to say that—

                                                a herd of stallions—

and when we get there, the lighthouse

                is a stack of white-chipped brick.

Don’t all clouds obscure something

                                we thought we wanted? It’s distance

creates desire, and the lighthouse

                better far away. We want the singing—

gleam and shine, gleam and shine,

                                which leaps from our hands, or is

too terrible. We want a frame

                                                to contain the vastness.

                                We want a Hopper postcard

                to hang on a wall. We want

to hold the sun but not

                its burning, or we want to burn.


You can read a few more poems by Drexler here, and you can order her poetry collection “Western Motel” here. For full event details, see below.

Poet Wendy Drexler to read at Waterstone
Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
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