Poetry Month 2016: Ce Rosenow
On Reading Sappho’s Lyrics Sunday morning I trace each line of verse with my index finger, find myself stopping to study the crescent nail on its tip. In this small bit lies the DNA of my birth parents, the untold stories of ancestry, that if decoded, would allow narratives to emerge, unravel, collide, calling my years of authorship into question. Some histories are better left buried with no hope of resurrection, origins as untraceable as a missing scrap of papyrus, information less translatable than a rune, disguise taken a step farther even than Cynewulf his name hidden from all but the astute reader, his identity concealed almost as well as in a small keratin c: my textual body my found fragment.[from [from Spectral Forms] * * * From the poet-publisher’s Web site: Ce Rosenow founded her first small press publishing company, North Lake Press, in 1990 and she co-edited its primary publication, Northwest Literary Forum, until 1997. She also co-founded Irving Street Press in 1996 and helped edit Portlandia Review of Books and a series of broadsides from the press before creating Mountains and Rivers Press in 2001. Her original poetry, essays, translations, interviews, and book reviews have appeared in journals and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad. She is the author of five collections of poetry: The Backs of Angels (Tel-let Press), Even If (Tel-let Press), North Lake (Mountain Gate Press), Pacific (Mountain Gate Press) and A Year Longer (Longhouse Publishers). She is also one of the eight co-authors of Beyond Within: A Collection of Rengay (Sundog Press) and the co-editor with Bob Arnold of The Next One Thousand Years, Selected Poems of Cid Corman (Longhouse Publishers).