Shara Lessley's Recent Publications

September 20, 2018

University of Maryland MFA alumna Shara Lessley published a new book of poems, The Explosive Expert's Wife (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018). She also co-edited a collection of essays titled, The Poem's Country: Place and Poetic Practice (Pleiades Press, 2018).

The Explosive Expert's Wife
In sparse, powerful lines, Shara Lessley recalls an expat's displacement, examines her experience as a mother, and offers intimate witness to the unfolding of the Arab Spring. Veering from the strip malls and situation rooms of Washington to the markets and mines of Amman, Lessley confronts the pressures and pleasures of other cultures, exploring our common humanity with all its aggressions, loves, biases, and contradictions.

The Poem's Country: Place & Poetic Practice
In twenty-nine innovative essays, The Poem's Country: Place & Poetic Practice considers how the question of place shapes contemporary poetry. Responding from cities and rural communities across the United States, the contributors of The Poem's Country thoughtfully and passionately explore issues of politics, personal identity, ecology, the Internet, war, sexuality, faith, and the imagination. Essential reading for students of poetry at every level, The Poem's Country examines the connection between lyric and geographical constraint, as well as how place challenges, enchants, and helps clarify the intersections between language and the world.