A Common Name for Everything

The poems in A Common Name for Everything build idiosyncratic worlds around the themes of nature, home, parenting, and naming—worlds that are at once poignant and absurd: a professional namer of lakes explains his standards; the rural gods are given names; a study of sheep results in loneliness. Steeped in sound play and borrowing academic language to create a specimen lens, these poems bask in the local as they seek to name even the commonest earthly things.

 

 

 

 

About the Author
Sarah Wolfson’s poems have appeared in Canadian and American journals including The Fiddlehead, AGNI, Michigan Quarterly Review, PRISM international, and TriQuarterly—and they have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA from the University of Michigan. Originally from Vermont, she now lives in Montreal, where she teaches at McGill University.  

 

Cover Image: “Crossing the River” by Dorothy Caldwell

About the Cover Artist
Dorothy Caldwell is a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and presently maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule from her studio in Hastings, Ontario. She has carried out research projects in Japan and India, and has worked “on site” in the Australian outback and the Canadian Arctic. Her work is included in private and permanent collections including the American Museum of Art and Design, NYC, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the International Quilt Museum and Study Center University of Nebraska, The Canadian Department of External Affairs, and Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull Quebec among others.

 

 

SPECS
A Common Name for Everything
by Sarah Wolfson
POETRY  |   Paperback Original
80 pages; 5.5 x 8.5 / Softcover
ISBN: 978-1-9505841-3-0
$14.95
Pub Date: September 5, 2019 

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