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An interview with Mayapple Press author Susan Azar Porterfield, winner of 2015 Cider Press Review Prize

Kibbe – Susan Azar Porterfield

 

In the Garden of Our Spines – Susan Azar Porterfield

Late last year we noted that Mayapple author Susan Azar Portefield had been awarded the 2015 Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize. On Tuesday January 12th Geosi Gyasi posted a very interesting interview with Susan Azar Porterfield on Geosi Reads. Here’s a winner:
Geosi Gyasi: What is the best time to write?
Susan Porterfield: In the morning. In the afternoon. In the evening. In the middle of the night.

Mayapple Press author Susan Azar Porterfield wins Cider Press Editors’ Prize

Kibbe - Susan Azar Porterfield

Kibbe – Susan Azar Porterfield

Cider Press Review recently announced that Susan Azar Porterfield has been awarded the Editors’ Prize. This means that Cider Press will soon publish her manuscript Dirt, Root, Silk.

In 2012 Mayapple Press published Susan Azar Porterfield’s Kibbe. In 2004 we published In the Garden of Our Spines. We are very happy to see her continued success and cannot wait to read this new and award-winning work.

Kibbe – Susan Azar Porterfield

Kibbe - Susan Azar Porterfield

Kibbe – Susan Azar Porterfield

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 62pp.
$13.95 plus S&H
2012, ISBN 978-1-936419-08-1

The pieces that make up Kibbe document a life spent journeying “Between Two Worlds”: the author’s America and the Lebanon of her family heritage. In Porterfield’s vision, people and places long departed can be conjured back through memory and language; “the land of the father is remembered / by the child.” That language cannot perform its function unless it can consider honestly and unapologetically the political, social, and spiritual rifts that seem to divide real people. We recognize the people in these poems even when they are distant

…….    Read more about Kibbe – Susan Azar Porterfield

In the Garden of Our Spines – Susan Azar Porterfield

In the Garden of Our Spines - Susan Azar Porterfield

In the Garden of Our Spines – Susan Azar Porterfield

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 54 pp
$12.50 plus s&h
2004, ISBN 0-932412-30-0

With an intensity of vision sometimes touching on the mystical, Susan Portfield crafts poems rich with strong imagery and compelling music.

Perhaps I Can’t Explain
by Susan Azar Porterfield

I was about to say that my hand rimmed like this with light
from the window
hints at some kind of truth, something
I can almost know or feel, something
that involves me so that this truth, or whatever, enters,
swirls around, lights up my body or x-rays me
like this early sun passing through my hand,
the webbing between

…….    Read more about In the Garden of Our Spines – Susan Azar Porterfield