Sometimes, In These Places by Rebecca Watkins
Publication Date: September 17, 2017
About the Collection
What happens when poetry, “rises off the cracked surface of grief?” Rebecca Watkins explores both the grief and what rises in her newest collection, Sometimes, In These Places. Through her thematic exploration of drug addiction, poverty, reticent religion, loneliness, and family, there is, throughout this collection, a frank dialogue that deftly puts us in the dirt, without letting us get grimy. The smooth motion and gentle imagery feels both deeply personal and wildly relatable, tackling dark concepts with sophistication and grace.
If feels as though Watkins wants to let us into her house, watch with her all the dark news stories of the day, and then let us leave without solving any of the world’s problems. She doesn’t tell us it’s all going to be alright, or that there’s hope in the world, she doesn’t have a moral to the story. Rather, she looks at us square in the eye and says, “this is the way things are.” Or, in her own words, “I see no footprints in the sand but my own.”
Write up courtesy of Unsolicited Press.
Book Launch and Signing Event!
Date: Saturday, September 30
Poetry Open Mic 7:00pm (come early to sign up)
Rebecca’s Reading 8:00pm
Where: Cuppa Pulp Writers Space at CILK119
119 Main St., 2nd Floor Nanuet, NY 10954
Date: Saturday, September 16
Participating in the “Literary Speakers Corner” representing RiverRiver.org at the Great Nyack Get Together
Where: Memorial Park Nyack, NY
Date: Wednesday, October 11
Featured poet for workshop and reading at Milkweed Poetry Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/milkweedpoetry/
Where: The Milkweed Gallery 2 & 3 Romer’s Alley, Sugar Loaf, NY