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Coming About
Michelle Gillett; Jacquelyn Malone, pref.

Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2017 • 76 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - Women Authors / Poetry - Nature

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-945588-00-6

"This book is as good as it gets. ..."—Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books

These lyric poems come from a voice of authority, where the terrain is at once discovered and known, palpable yet mysterious

“Whether the subject is the Holocaust, a summer house, the death of parents, maternal anxiety, gardening, love, or memory, the poems totter between sorrow at the passage of time and finding a way to face the future….” —From the preface by Jacquelyn Malone

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Reviews / Endorsements

“…in Michelle Gillett’s beautiful and moving Coming About, we find an illuminating intelligence and a generous heart….”—Joan Aleshire

“…Coming About is a brave and beautiful book by a poet greatly gifted both in her humanity and her craft.”—Daniel Tobin

From the Book:


They take possession of the garden, loiter
beneath the birdfeeder, perch on backs
of wrought iron chairs. When the sky darkens,
they assemble in the hemlocks' topmost branches,
flapping and vexing the air. They are watching
for snow, for the fox to crawl past the fence,
for the dogs to run in circles in the yard.
They make a racket as if there were news
beyond shadows falling. I could bang pots and shout
but crows have seventeen calls for warning.
They would gather more forces, not let up
until I brought them the keys to the house,
my strand of pearls. They arrive in threes—
this one near the steps twitches its wings
watching me switch on lamps and pull the curtains closed.

MICHELLE GILLETT (1948–2016) lived in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and was active in the art and literary communities of the Berkshires. She earned her MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College Program for Writers and was the recipient of various fellowships and awards. Michelle Gillett died from lung cancer.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:54:54 -0500