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Meet our June Massachusetts Poet in the Spotlight: Aimée Sands

Highlighted by The Brookline Poetry Series

Aimée Sands is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and the author of The Green-go Turn of Telling (Salmon Poetry, 2012). Poet Bruce Weigl praised this first collection of her poems, writing that “The elegant wedding of fresh intellect and lyric bravado distinguish Aimée Sands' new poems from much of our recent American poetry.” Aimée’s work has appeared in FIELD, Poet Lore, Beloit Poetry Journal, Salamander and other literary journals. She holds an MFA from Bennington College, and has co-directed the Brookline Poetry Series since 2001. She is also the producer/director of the independent documentary What Makes Me White? and has won numerous awards, including an Emmy, for her television and radio productions. She teaches at Bentley University.
Poetic Profession I came to poetry late, after many years in public broadcasting, which is to say, after long silence. The poet/teachers at the William Joiner Center Summer Writers’ Workshop – especially Eva Bourke and Fred Marchant – nurtured me to speech. After Bennington, Bruce Weigl and Lucie Brock-Broido taught me about shape, sound, tension, and trust in poetic line and diction. I’m working on my second manuscript, and I’m beginning to grasp what poetry is: that combination of untrammeled expression and keen discipline that, when you’re lucky, produces a good poem.
Noon in a Canoe

In the quiet wake of a life gone by,
a fish turns and vanishes.
The backwash fuzzes white, resolves.

Who goes there, in the glint and glitter,
the lift and turn and setting down
of what will no longer do?  Vision,

retreat, fastenings, dismissals.
Thirst is the home of a self abandoned.
Now I know how each day rides

the one before, noon in a
canoe, rings of knowledge that
preserve an underground peace.

From The Green-go Turn of Telling (Salmon Poetry, 2012)

The Brookline Poetry Series is an independent monthly venue housed at the Brookline Public Library Main Branch, drawing a regular crowd of 25-30 people the third Sunday of the month, September through May, from 2-4 p.m. Each reading features an opening reader (someone talented who may or may not yet have a first book) and a featured reader (Claudia Rankine, Rosanna Warren, Rafael Campo, Jean Valentine, Major Jackson, and Robert Pinsky are among the poets who have read over 14 years) plus an open mic. The Boston Globe has called the Series "the best literary open mike in Boston." The Series directors are Ann Killough (winner of PEN New England Award), Tam Lin Neville (editor at Off the Grid Press), and Aimée Sands, highlighted here. Find out more on their website.

Massachusetts Poet in the Spotlight is a monthly installment from Mass Poetry. Each month we shine the spotlight on a poet affiliated with, and nominated by, one of our poetry partners.
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