Juxtaposing words with the lack of them, Megan Merchant's poems in Unspeakable Light address the loss of speech by her son. With exquisite artistry, they craft a narrative of contrasts--- of coping with joy, passion with frustration. Each poem feeding into the next while they fade out as you read, until the last line is just an embossed silence. The cover is carved out in reduction and this 6"x 6" book was typed on a faded grey Royal Quiet De Luxe.
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Megan Merchant is a 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poems have most recently appeared in publications including Red Paint Hill, Rat’s Ass Review, Mothers Always Write, Crack the Spine and First Literary Review East. Her poem, “Filling Station God” won the Las Vegas Poets Prize, judged by Tony Hoagland. Her book, “The Dark’s Humming” was the winner of the 2015 Lyrebird Prize (Glass Lyre Press, 2017). She is also the author of Translucent, sealed. (Dancing Girl Press, 2015), In the Rooms of a Tiny House (ELJ Publications, October 2016), and Gravel Ghosts (Glass Lyre Press, Spring 2016).
About the Author
A Conversation with Megan Merchant
Megan Merchant discusses the way her poetry chapbook came to be in a digital discussion with Amy Strauss Friedman (Gathered Bones are Known to Wander, Red Bird Press), Abayomi Animashaun (Sailing for Ithaca, Black Lawrence Press), Michelle Riddell (reviewing editor at MAW), Janeen Pergrin Rastall (In the Yellowed House, dancing girl press) and Devon Balwit (Author at PELA).