Join us in celebrating the launch of Meg Freitag’s debut poetry collection, Edith. Meg will be joined by Taisia Kitaiskaia and Blake Lee Pate.
In a time when so much of our poetry seems ironic and detached, its language overwrought or restrained, its associations timid or excessively mentalized, it’s a true pleasure to encounter this fresh new voice, vibrant and full of the wild sap of life. And like Edith, chained to the sky. — Dorianne Laux
“No one is free” says Bob Dylan, “even the birds are chained to the sky.” Edith is a book about a bird, a beloved bird that dies an untimely death and is mourned accordingly. Edith is ethereal, part muse, part icon, part confidant, her name echoes through the poems in what Pound would call the “manner of the musical phrase”, the way the name Tarumba sounds through the work of the Mexican poet Jaime Sabines, or the name Naomi in Bill Knott’s first collection, repeats itself like a talisman.
Meg Freitag was born in Maine. She is the author of Edith (2017), selected by Dorianne Laux as winner of the 2016 BOAAT Book Prize. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from the University of Texas, Austin, where she was a Michener Fellow. Her work can be found in Tin House, Boston Review, Black Warrior Review, and Indiana Review, among other journals.
Taisia Kitaiskaia was born in Russia and raised in America. She is the author of Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers, illustrated by Katy Horan. Her poetry has been published widely. Her most recent work is Ask Baba Yaga, a collection of “otherworldly advice for everyday troubles.” Taisia lives in Austin, Texas.
Blake Lee Pate received her MFA in poetry from the New Writer’s Project and currently teaches English at Austin Community College. She has poems in the Dead Animal Handbook Anthology, Spoon River Poetry Review, Glittermob magazine, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere.