Driving to the Bees (Paperback)
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Poetry. In these visceral, lovely poems, Maggie Schwed meditates on farming as both a vocation and a metaphor for creation and self-knowledge. There's transcendence and bounty here, but the minds at work in these formally inventive poems are too complex and restless to settle for long. Instead, Schwed finds in the difficult lives of animals and the hard work of farming moments for understanding familial love, harrowing violence, accident and unpredictable joy. These lush, constantly shifting landscapes reflect back on us, offering striking revelations about our own moments of human beauty, loss, and inescapable mortality. DRIVING TO THE BEES is a thoughtful and deeply moving collection.--Kevin Prufer.
About the Author
Maggie Schwed's poems have appeared in "Western Humanities Review, Witness, Raritan, Southwest Review, Commonweal, Pleiades, Barrow Street, Beloit Poetry Journal," and other magazines, on-line publications, and anthologies. A finalist for the 2006 and 2009 Morton Marr Poetry Prize (Southwest Review) and for the 2008 Erskine J. Poetry Prize (Smartish Pace), she is winner of "The Malahat Review"'s 2011 Long Poem Contest. Her chapbook, "Out of Season," was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press. She reviews for "Pleiades, Blackbird," and "Smartish Pace." Her master's degree is from the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought. She lives with her husband in New York City, where she taught high-school English and adult literacy while her children were growing up. She is a farm hand in livestock with the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in New York.