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