All posts tagged: Susan Rich

Winter & Spring 2024

Michael Bazzett, Vandana Khanna, Joan Kwon Glass, India Lena González, Natalie Shapero, Patrick Donnelly, Jennifer Perrine, Mag Gabbert, Anna Lena Phillips Bell, Kinsale Drake, Alicia Mountain, Derrick Austin, Jaswinder Bolina, Terese Svoboda, Prageeta Sharma, & more

Katy Ellis: “Fires of the Past Meet the Blue Balm of Now”

Cloud Pharmacy Susan Rich White Pine Press, 2014 — In Susan Rich’s Cloud Pharmacy, we are at a mid-point, a reflective moment in a sincere and eventful life. We drift and we hover, but not passively. Cloud Pharmacy determinedly asks: Why chose to live this one life reluctantly? Though it is not the opening poem, “Clouds, Begin Here”, launches us into the undulating theme of burning away the past in order to heal in the present: It’s so hard to say what the dead really want. In the lost fires of the notebook, words stumble down the columns of green and white paper. In the notebook of the unknown index, blank descriptions, we lose our blue hours. Rich reaches into her childhood school days where she read books made of paper, … drank milk from small cartons (“American History”) but never with cloying nostalgia. To move forward necessitates a look into the past and whatever memories reside there. “Childhood Study: First Late August” shows us the fleeting bonds of young friendships: