Wave Says by K.M. English
Pub date: May 15, 2021
Poet K.M. English makes her literary debut with Wave Says, an impressionistic, eco-poetic collection inspired by the behavior of waves. English’s work enacts a theory of energies-in-presence and collapses borders (between interior/exterior, past/present, the living/dead) rendering a relational, distinctly feminist matrix of language, history, feeling, and body.
From the floods in Katrina, to a child murdered by the water, to waves of grief, salt water rising, and an Orca carrying her dead baby on her back, Wave Says explores ideas of what drowns us. By turns philosophical, political, and elegiac, this watery work focuses on the power of imagination and memory, on our collective complicity in violence and our responsibilities—to one another, the earth, and the silences within ourselves.
Praise for Wave Says
“These gorgeous lines unravel like water, a wave as a motion, lines of a poem, individual poems in a book, not precisely separate from one another but manifestations of momentum.”—Kazim Ali, author of Inquisition, and The Voice of Sheila Chandra
“Wave Says is the inverse of so-called trauma therapy, that method which repeatedly returns the patient back to the site of injury to take away its effect. These poems live starkly in the present, enacting an ontology where return is impossible.”—Claudia Keelan, author of We Step into the Sea
“In English’s strikingly gorgeous poems (at turns Dickinsonian in contraction and Woolfian in expansion), shore and sea, beauty and violence touch and overlap, define and refine one another.”—Sasha Steensen, author of Gatherest, and Openings: Into Our Vertical Cosmos
K.M. English is the author of Wave Says, a finalist for the Sawtooth Prize, the Kathryn A. Morton Prize, the Test Site Book Prize, and a semifinalist for the CSU Press First Book Prize. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Community of Writers and Vermont Studio Center, and her poetry can be found in places such as Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Bone Bouquet, Third Coast, and Poetry Northwest. A daughter of Troy, NY, and mistress of the city of New Orleans, K.M. English currently raises two boys and eleven fruit trees in California.
You can see more at kmenglishpoet.com