Marcia Pelletiere and Priscilla Orr, An Evening of Poetry

An Evening of Poetry
Wednesday, April 10, 7pm

Marcia Pelletiere, A Crown of Hornets
Priscilla Orr, Losing the Horizon


           


Marcia Pelletiere is a poet, singer/composer, and interdisciplinary artist. Her previous poetry collections are Miracle with Roasted Hens (Spit, Bite Press, 2011) and Little Noises, a double CD set of her poems set to music by over 25 musicians (Saf’lini Music, 2005). Marcia is a co-founding member of the New York City a cappella group The Accidentals. She’s a graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. She has been a teaching artist at various colleges and arts organizations, and currently offers presentations at universities and medical centers about her recovery from a mild traumatic brain injury. Marcia was born and raised in Massachusetts, spent the next 28 years in NYC, and currently lives in New Jersey. For more information, visit marciapelletiere.com.

Priscilla Orr, author of Losing the Horizon and Jugglers & Tides, Hannacroix Creek Books, has published in Southern Poetry Review, Tiferet, Boaat and other journals. She has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo and NJ State Council on the Arts. She is a Geraldine R. Dodge poet and a semi-retired English Professor at Sussex County Community College where she is also the founding director of the Silconas Poetry Center and founding editor of The Stillwater Review.  She lives in Hamburg with her beloved Norwich terrier, Crosby. 



Marcia Pelletiere:  Praise for A Crown of Hornets

"Marcia Pelletiere's work is nothing short of miraculous. In this breathtaking collection, she portrays the sudden terrifying loss, and arduous regaining, of her sense of self. The rhythm and music of her poems are transformative; we experience them on a visceral level, as if the words were not merely written to be read, but to be etched directly into our bodies and minds." -- Helen Fremont

"This is a poet writing from the cliffs of herself: 'With my trampled mind/ I saw and weighed the thunder.' With uncommon precision, Marcia Pelletiere gives voice to what's been irrevocably altered while embodying not only what survives, but continues to save. In breathtaking, kaleidoscopic fashion, these poems detail a woman's new (a)symmetries after catastrophe. Pelletiere is writing in the wake of very specific circumstances, but who among us hasn't 'pleaded with the storm to stay/veiled and delicate inside my skin?' These poems makes me guard my throat, groan in recognition. What truth-gold she mines out of misfortune! 'I don't know what I knew,' she writes. Lucille Clifton once said, 'Even when the universe made it quite clear to me that I was mistaken in my certainties... I did not break. The shattering of my sureties did not shatter me.' How fortuitous to encounter this poet who also asserts, 'Some of us get so messed up/ we can't get back./ But I'm welded for heavy use again.'" -- Kamilah Aisha Moon

"Marcia Pelletiere's astonishing new collection achieves a melding of form and content that is rare in our time. Working from autobiographical material, she has fashioned a poetic language that transmits both denotatively and metaphorically the peculiar linguistic and visual symptoms of traumatic brain injury. Endowed with a huge lexicon, and strengthened by a storehouse of dynamic syntax, Pelletiere's poems shimmer and shine even as they break us apart with their masterful evocations of woundedness, and the poet's determined search for wholeness after illness." -- Kate Daniels

“...strong clear writing that lives the only life it has, and does it meaningfully....” -- Grace Cavalieri forThe Washington Independent Review of Books 

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Priscilla Orr: Praise for Jugglers & Tides  
From Eleanor Wilner: In these direct, unashamed and moving poems of "fierce uncoupled love", Orr gives voice to her mother's perennial silence, and to the longing that silence ripened.  Grief and desire join to mourn what the tide takes away -- or never brings, and to return (in her words) the sprawl of the world to us, shaped, abundant, "in full bouquet".

Praise for Losing the Horizon

 

From poet Paul Genega:  “We who are older live in layers,” Priscilla Orr declares in Losing the Horizon, her second full-length volume of poetry. These layers are the “accretion” of the natural world (snow, sand, leaf, dirt) which she deftly and delicately describes, and, more profoundly, the inevitable strata of “ineffable elements,” time, loss and love. The “dear dead” inhabit many of these poems where they “shunt through” and “pierce” sleep, a “whistling whorl from that other world.”  Nonetheless, these poems are not so much elegies as testimonials to our stubborn ability to carry on, to survive, Looking squarely - sometimes humorously - at the life lead and the pain endured, the poems are small miracles of acceptance and transformation where bone itself becomes a “kaleidoscope of cartilage.” This is a moving, poignant collection from a mature voice at the top of her craft.“We who are older live in layers,” Priscilla Orr declares in Losing the Horizon, her second full-length volume of poetry. These layers are the “accretion” of the natural world (snow, sand, leaf, dirt) which she deftly and delicately describes, and, more profoundly, the inevitable strata of “ineffable elements,” time, loss and love. The “dear dead” inhabit many of these poems where they “shunt through” and “pierce” sleep, a “whistling whorl from that other world.”  Nonetheless, these poems are not so much elegies as testimonials to our stubborn ability to carry on, to survive, Looking squarely - sometimes humorously - at the life lead and the pain endured, the poems are small miracles of acceptance and transformation where bone itself becomes a “kaleidoscope of cartilage.” This is a moving, poignant collection from a mature voice at the top of her craft.
 

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
54 Fairfield Street
Watchung Plaza
Montclair, NJ 07042
A Crown of Hornets (Stahlecker Selections) Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9781945588280
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Published: Four Way Books - March 4th, 2019

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781889262352
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Published: Hannacroix Creek Books - September 1st, 2012