Melinda Mueller & Lori Goldston
Seattle poet Melinda Mueller reads here this evening from two recently published collections. Newest - and most timely, given the current season - is Mary’s Dust (from Seattle’s Entre Ríos Books). Mary’s Dust works through stories of thirty-two actual Marys. The book includes a download of original, commissioned music by acclaimed Seattle cellist Lori Goldston, “Cello Songs for Mary’s Dust.”
“Melinda Mueller’s great gift is translating historical detail and scientific fact into profound human experience. Long-awaited Mary’s Dust is a tour de force, a klatch of history’s Marys speaking through a stunning array of formal constraints—much as they did in life. Each Mary emerges from Mueller’s precise and brilliant word choice and imagery to linger “with a faint ringing.” Mary’s Dust is an ambitious, awe-inspiring, marvelous collection.” — Kathleen Flenniken.
Part of this evening will also be Melinda Mueller’s haunting book-length poem, The After (Entre Ríos Books).