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Meridian
Meridian
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Mark Maire - Author
Codhill Press
Price: $16.00 
Paperback - 72 pages
Release Date: June 2016
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-930337-88-6

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Summary

Winner of the Codhill Poetry Award for 2015.

Linguistically inventive, visually astute, and featuring illustrious attentiveness to the world, Meridian observes solitude in all forms. Coursing through the seasonal cycle of the American Midwest, its poems articulate the delicate veracity of northern landscapes, balanced with the often complicated, estranged nature of the human soul:

“Think of journeys with no destination:

stumbling into stale rooms late at night.

All day, through side windows, blue unfinished cities.”

— from “Nothing Prepared Us”

From frost-covered roads to late-summer marshes, Mark Maire’s vision provides a beautifully candid portrayal of an often harsh, but sometimes forgiving world, and the conflicted people within it. Through its devotion to the small, meaningful moments witnessed through a glance out the window or glossed from a touch to the skin, Meridian both stirs and comforts us, a testament to its honest insight into the human condition.

“Mark Maire rolls down the window for the reader as he drives through physical and emotional landscapes, pointing out the rock walls lining our lives, the abyss of longing beneath a lake’s surface, and the conundrums obscured by the dark forests of human consciousness.” — Rebecca Schumejda, author of Waiting at the Dead End Diner

“Maire’s quietly visionary poems speak persistently and persuasively to the locations of dislocation. They come at the reader from consistently oblique angles as they record discrepancy after discrepancy, yet they are rooted in a northern world rich in stark distinction. His are truly haunting poems, attuned to how spirit hovers at the corners, the margins, the horizons, but also within us as we grope toward what can never be encompassed but is surely felt. Meridian is a signal achievement.” — Baron Wormser, author of Scattered Chapters

Mark Maire is the author of Clear Day in January, winner of the 2015 Emergence Chapbook Series Prize. A Pushcart Prize nominee, his poems have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies, including Birmingham Poetry Review, Blueline, Descant, Midwestern Gothic, Minnetonka Review,and Talking River. Maire holds a BA from Grinnell College and an MA from the University of Iowa. He is a longtime resident of Duluth, Minnesota.


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Table of Contents

Part I.

North at Night

Nothing Prepared Us

So Much Light

Blue Sun

Distance

This Time

After the Ice Storm

Recovery North

Lourdes, Iowa

River Town

The Space They Inhabit

Sunday Night

On Hillside Streets

Thief

Vanishing Point

Outskirts

The Development

Board Meeting

Kindred

On the Brink

Solstice

Talmoon

Clear Day in January

Haunted

Paradise

Returning

Part II.

The Point of Greatest Fear

Shibboleth

Minnesota Forensic

Signs

Residue

Letter

Atonement

Aftermath

Flash Flood

Spring Turning

March

North Country Hot Spell

Shift

Lake Weather

Revelation

Enlightenment at Waskish

All Day the Sky Above

Living by Proxy

Dairyland Jubilee

Summer Locket

Downstate Summer

Portal

Meridian

Maritime

Freight

Stripped

Unhinged

About the Author


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