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Breathing Spaces - Poems by Anna Soter


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Anna Soter will be at the WEX Sun, Apr 29, 2018 2 PM



After many years of hard and invigorating labor as a teacher and a superb teacher-of-teachers, the poet in Anna Soter now reaches out to us as a steward of how the mind enters the body again. Her work continually seeks currents of momentum to transform our sculpted interiorities into organs of sensation and renewal. In poem after poem she ponders the deep purposes of our physical selves reclaiming their newly discovered territories—as a cat “will lick its strong yellow paws when it has strutted its path.” These poems strut their own path and ask us (mind in tow) to follow.

—Terry Hermsen, Professor, English Department, Otterbein University, and author of A House for Last Year’s Summer


As the title of Anna Soter’s lovely Breathing Spaces suggests, her poems engage us in the spaces between dualities: America / Australia, mother / son, child / adult, urban / rural, human/machine, nature / domesticity, competition / relaxation. In one poem this is made vivid in the image of a dog breathing blissfully, his eyes closed, his head outside the window of a moving car. Nature is a source of respite and awe in these poems, the place where one comes of age, is hurt yet survives, where one develops awareness of and respect for “blue dust” dangers and severed branches that can cut deeply. Birds soar through the collection, rising to metaphor for poets as winged creatures who “relearn to fly.” The epigraphs between sections hint at deep structure, and the collection’s themes are gathered adroitly in the final poem: language, child versus adult preoccupations, human longing, great nature. Kay Bea Jones’ painting on the cover literally foreshadows the “leaves” of poems inside.

—Charlene Fix is the author of Flowering Bruno: A Dography (poems, XOXOX Press), Frankenstein’s Flowers (poems, CW Books), and Harpo Marx as Trickster (McFarland). She is an Emeritus Professor of English at Columbus College of Art and Design.

Cover Art: Kay Bea Jones. 

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Anna Soter will be at the WEX Sun, Apr 29, 2018 2 PM



After many years of hard and invigorating labor as a teacher and a superb teacher-of-teachers, the poet in Anna Soter now reaches out to us as a steward of how the mind enters the body again. Her work continually seeks currents of momentum to transform our sculpted interiorities into organs of sensation and renewal. In poem after poem she ponders the deep purposes of our physical selves reclaiming their newly discovered territories—as a cat “will lick its strong yellow paws when it has strutted its path.” These poems strut their own path and ask us (mind in tow) to follow.

—Terry Hermsen, Professor, English Department, Otterbein University, and author of A House for Last Year’s Summer


As the title of Anna Soter’s lovely Breathing Spaces suggests, her poems engage us in the spaces between dualities: America / Australia, mother / son, child / adult, urban / rural, human/machine, nature / domesticity, competition / relaxation. In one poem this is made vivid in the image of a dog breathing blissfully, his eyes closed, his head outside the window of a moving car. Nature is a source of respite and awe in these poems, the place where one comes of age, is hurt yet survives, where one develops awareness of and respect for “blue dust” dangers and severed branches that can cut deeply. Birds soar through the collection, rising to metaphor for poets as winged creatures who “relearn to fly.” The epigraphs between sections hint at deep structure, and the collection’s themes are gathered adroitly in the final poem: language, child versus adult preoccupations, human longing, great nature. Kay Bea Jones’ painting on the cover literally foreshadows the “leaves” of poems inside.

—Charlene Fix is the author of Flowering Bruno: A Dography (poems, XOXOX Press), Frankenstein’s Flowers (poems, CW Books), and Harpo Marx as Trickster (McFarland). She is an Emeritus Professor of English at Columbus College of Art and Design.

Cover Art: Kay Bea Jones.