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Let it be a Dark Roux
New and Selected Poems
Sheryl St. Germain




Autumn House
2007 • 152 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-932870-16-9



“Yet there's something of a rebirth evident in the book's previously uncollected work. Ten new poems -- many reckoning with snow -- include ‘Six Months Sober,’ a... [continued in Reviews below]”—Bill O'Driscoll, Pittsburgh City Paper

The new and selected collection of poet Sheryl St. Germain.

In this retrospective collection, Sheryl St. Germain sings of her New Orleans upbringing, the Cajun/Creole culture, and the struggles of being a woman in a decaying culture.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Yet there's something of a rebirth evident in the book's previously uncollected work. Ten new poems -- many reckoning with snow -- include ‘Six Months Sober,’ a pretty prayer to clarity (“But snow's all eyes, cousin of the sun’s Apollo”). ‘Winter Solstice,’ which begins ‘Sometimes the dear ones disappear / despite it all,’ etches us with its sense of hope in the face of loss: ‘we speak to them as if they were still here, / the way you might speak to a comatose one / you hope will wake one day and say I heard / every word you said, / every one.’”—Bill O'Driscoll, Pittsburgh City Paper

“I do not think I have ever encountered a poet less self-consciously or more powerfully female. St. Germain does not try to intellectualize or abstract her gender: neither does she try to escape from it. I am that I am, as Someone once said: she accepts herself with a fullness, with an intensity, and with a gloriously swaggering melodiousness that are, I think, new to poetry in our language.”—Burton Raffel



A native of New Orleans, SHERYL ST. GERMAIN currently directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham College. Her work has received awards, including two NEA Fellowships, an NEH Fellowship, the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, and most recently the William Faulkner Award for the personal essay. Her books include Going Home, The Mask of Medusa, Making Bread at Midnight, How Heavy the Breath of God, and The Journals of Scheherazade. She has also published a book of translations of the Cajun poet Jean Arceneaux, Je Suis Cadien. A book of lyric essays, Swamp Songs: the Making of an Unruly Woman, was published in 2003.

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