Rescheduled from February event, which was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Portland poet Peg Edera visits with a recent book of poems, Love Is Deeper Than Distance: Poems of Love, Death, a Little Sex, ALS, Dementia and the Widow’s Life Thereafter (Fernwood Press), a collection whose subtitle lays it all out pretty directly, even as the work is moving.
“Love these poems for their magical discovery of love’s perennial voltage despite lost life. By wild honesty, here the good goes on in new forms. Our culture is filled with love songs, and equally filled with silence about loss. What’s often missing in both realms is present in these poems—detailed reporting on the enigmas of true connection: a proposal in the dark . . . a squad car filled with lilacs . . . tears saved for the right time . . . toast and honey . . . all we can do with the impossible . . . and the Temple of What Is Next. Peg Edera’s poems offer the tough tenderness it takes to live through hard times.” —Kim Stafford.