Heat Lightning

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Heat Lightning

The Orchard Street Press is pleased to announce the publication of Heat Lightning by Susan Christine Waters, Second Place winner in the 2017 Orchard Street Press Poetry Chapbook Contest.

 Heat Lightning is a collection of twenty-three exceptional poems that provide the reader with an array of memorable, vivid images, engaging both the weight and the beauty of everyday life. Susan Waters presents us with people and places that are somehow new and familiar at the same time. In “Deaf Mary,” she writes:


When you signed, a magician’s doves flew
from your hands. Some words burst
through the air like pheasants
surprised in tall grass.


In “Ruins on the Tug Hill Plateau:


We are—
No---I am
trying to find
that creature so fine
she’d have tea with a cat.
She’s been lost in my very own skin.
I sometimes want her back---


Eleven of the book’s twenty-three poems were previously published in national journals, including: Laurel Review, Evening Street Review, Saranac Review, Alaska Quarterly, and Common Ground.


susan watersSusan Christine Waters has an advanced degree from the writing program at George Mason University. She has been professor of English at New Mexico Junior College for nearly fifteen years. Before that, she was a journalist and a magazine writer/editor. She has won six different poetry prizes, including the Mary Roberts Reinhart Prize at George Mason. She has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.


Heat Lightning is available for $11 from The Orchard Street Press; P.O. Box 280; Gates Mills, Ohio 44040.


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