Clothesline Religion chronicles twenty years worth of adventures in the life of an artist as young single mother. Megan Buchanan, a poet and professional dancer, gave birth to a daughter at 22, lived abroad in Ireland and France, and came back home again to Southern California and the mountains of the Southwest. This debut poetry collection spans wild open roads, backyard vegetable gardens, Irish pubs, country dance halls, Vermont screen-porches, midnight river valleys, artist studios, and the world of waking dreams. Buchanan’s poems offer fierce evidence of what she calls “ordinary magic” âand what others might call mindfulnessâdiscovering gratitude, the path of recovery, and a mother’s deep joy.
âHow fierce and resilient, what a tremendous and tender heart. Clothesline Religion is gorgeous, powerful. I was utterly enrapt, reading it out in the yard under the full sun. And transformedâthe book inspired me to take my own daughter out of school for a road trip, time for just her and I. Mother and daughter.â âRobin MacArthur, author of Half Wild
âClothesline Religion offers each reader a chance to hang out in the opened air with the extraordinary Megan Buchanan. Each poem has a lived-in magic, longing transformed by candor, and candor, by music.â Â âVerandah Porche, author of Sudden Eden
âWe need to coin a word for the feeling that happens when I read these poems. Itâs singular and ecstatic and huge. Itâs in my chest, near my heart. It makes me want to yell, but instead I remain silent and still inside of it, this feeling. I could stay here forever.â âRachel Yoder, editor of draft, author of Infinite Things All At Once
âMegan Buchanan finds the sacred in the everyday and offers poems as fierce evidence, each one ânaked as a hot pancake.âÂ This collection reminds us that the inevitable heartbreaks of being a person can provoke a more vivid awareness of the worldÂ around us, so that we see âthe kid/across the teeter-totterâ and witness the hummingbirdsâ âlast sips before flying back to cacti in bisbee.â What could be more enviable that to be âentirely possessed/by an ordinary magicâ?â âMatthew Burgess, PhD, author of Slippers for ElsewhereÂ and Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings
âMegan Buchanan manages to pack lines with beauty while simultaneously honing them to a sharp, succinct edge. Her work has sinew and muscle and yet extends an open hand.â âTim McKee, director of publishing, North Atlantic Books
About the Author
Megan Buchananâs poems have appeared in such journals as The Sun Magazine, make/shift, A Womanâs Thing, and multiple anthologies. Born in California, sheâs lived for long stretches in Ireland, the mountains of the southwest, and New England. Her work has been supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Vermont Arts Council, and the Vermont Studio Center. Megan is also a collaborative performer and dancemaker, a teacher, and an activist. Â She currently lives in southern Vermont with her two children. Green Writers Press has just published Megan Buchananâs first full-length poetry collection, Clothesline Religion.
Visit the authorâs website at meganbuchanan.net.
Publication Date: February 1, 2017
6 x 8.5; Paperback Original, 80 pages, $14.95
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