Readings

  • March 9, 7 PM EST
    Grolier Poetry Bookshop, Cambridge, MA

    Slate Roof Press poets Susan Glass, Catherine Stearns, Anna M. Warrock, and Richard Wollman read at the Grolier Poetry Bookshop, in-person and online, Cambridge, MA. Details here. In-person sign up here. Virtual sign up here.

  • May 15, 3 PM EDT, Cultivating Voices Live

  • Online poetry series features Slate Roof Press members Janet MacFadyen, Richard Wollman, Susan Glass, Anna M. Warrock, and Audrey Gidman reading their poetry. Master printer Ed Rayher will present a craft talk. Details and signup TBA.


Audio

Remembering My Mother's Face

My Father Waves

The Salmon Go All the Way to Death

Visual Verse archive

 

 

From the Other Room

by Anna M. Warrock

"A remarkable coolness pervades the poems, in content and sensitive attention to form....these poems are mature and gorgeous." - Danielle Legros Georges

Winner Slate Roof Press Chapbook Contest

Order from Slate Roof Press here.

Price: $17.00
Chapbook
Letterpress Cover
Handsewn Binding
ISBN: 978-1-63587-418

The effect is quietly shattering. These poems may or may not console the poet. They will console the rest of us, who have been there, and who owe Anna M. Warrock our deepest gratitude.
- Martín Espada, author of Vivas to Those Who Have Failed

Read more about the book here.


The Salmon Go All the Way Upstream

They are fish. They live in the cold ocean,
breathe water, eat other fish.
They in turn are eaten. What do they know?
They know they are salmon and where
they were born. They live in the cold ocean,
but when it is their turn to die, when it is their turn
to return, they know what to do.
They remember where they were born,
exactly where they need to go.
And they go. The female salmon stop
roaming the ocean, eating other fish.
They leave the endless deep and turn
toward land to find the river mouth
that spit them forth. They enter the mouth, 
go upriver. The female salmon travel together.
The male salmon leave the cold ocean,
the eating of other fish. They seek
the mouth that spit them forth
from the land’s constriction, and enter.
They go back guided by the memory.
They go to make the memory
continue in their way. They go to make
the salmon continue in the old way.
They swim upriver, leap the falls.
The river narrows. Swimming is harder.
The salmon push between rocks, against water
to the shallows where they were born.
They go to the heart of the land. There they meet
and agree. The female waves her body
and lays her eggs and moves off. And the male
waves his body, sprays his seeds and moves off.
Then the female and male salmon die.
In the shallows, having given birth
to eggs and seeds, a promise to their memories,
they die. The salmon go all the way upstream.
The salmon go all the way to death.

 

Published in Wild Earth; and in Honoring Nature: An anthology of Authors and Artists Festival Writers. Order here.

To honor the activists. With reverence for Nature and Gaia. To recall to the heart all that happens around us that can inspire and hold our lives in balance. To counter the horrible forgetfulness of our stewardship of this Earth. This poem celebrates one cycle of life and the Earth's ability for renewal.