We are excited to welcome Sarah Kotchian to celebrate her new poetry collection, Light of Wings.
"In this compassionate and attentive work, there is radiance in the face of loss, music in the ephemeral. Breath is cherished here: the breath of the poetic line, the greater breadth of living things across space and time. Transcendentalist in temperament, modest yet eloquent, Kotchian's lucid and image-laden poems urge us―as stewards of an ever-changing and disappearing world―to 'listen for the new green song.'"—Shara Lessley, author of The Explosive Expert's Wife
"Kotchian's poems evoke the wonders of creatures all around us, if we are patient and quiet enough to encounter them. There is grief here too, woven throughout, as Kotchian attends to dying beloveds (parents, brother, friend) and to ecological loss. In a steady cadence, these poems ask us to bear our intimate and collective losses on this teetering, beautiful, and still wildly alive planet."—Anne Haven McDonnell, author of Breath on a Coal
"Sarah Kotchian documents the wonders around us that are so easy to miss—from grass to hummingbirds to the DNA of salmon in the trees, from yucca seeds to milkweed to the color of roses in an old woman's hair. She shows us what's here, 'annunciations everywhere you look, ' our glory beads shining around us."—Maura Stanton, author of Immortal Sofa
This haunting collection merges spirit and nature in a voice both elegiac and celebratory. Kotchian explores our deep connection to the natural world, one increasingly at risk even as it continues to surprise and inspire. From meditations on the dangers of global warming to supporting a friend with cancer, from grieving the loss of her own mother to celebrating nature from New Mexico to a wild Scottish island, the poems celebrate both solitude and companionship and enlarge our concept of belonging and community, offering us threads of resilience, persistence, and hope.
Sarah Kotchian is a writer and artist whose creative work arises from the solitude and beauty of walks in the foothills and mountains of New Mexico. A former environmental health agency director, she is also trained as a lay pastor and spiritual director. Her most recent book of poetry, Light of Wings, witnesses to the abundant beauty of the world and the grief of losses that are at once personal and universal. A contributor at the 2019 Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and a nominee for the Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared in Writing the Wild, Flyway, Split Rock Review, Stoneboat Literary Journal, High Shelf Press, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, Tulip Tree Review, Persimmon Tree, Bosque Journal, Presence Journal, ABQ inPrint, The New Mexico State Poetry Anthology and on The Unruly Muse podcast.