Carter McKenzie’s Book of Poems Is Out Now

Carter McKenzie’s new book of poems, Stem of Us, is here.  Carter describes it thus: “Compelled by instincts of song and prayer, Stem of Us explores poetic choices to open into the world a way of connection, even and especially in the face of injustice and sorrow. These stems offer both common ground and transformative possibilities of what cannot be named, but what can be recognized as a shared dream, what calls us into being on this earth.”  Willa Schneberg, Oregon Book Award recipient, says: “Carter McKenzie chooses a plethora of open forms to perfect her poetic strategies…always multilayered and surprising. An apparent nature poem, (‘In the Midst of Place, Thoughts on Juneteenth’) or an ekphrastic, (‘Subject Matter’) are never what they initially appear to be, and hold opposites within—an exquisite tension between transcendence and disquiet, whose subtext is always ‘she refuses to bury this.'”