Review of Sandra Lambert’s THE RIVER’S MEMORY

The River's Memory - Cover

Check out my review of one of 2014′s best novels, The River’s Memory by Sandra Gail Lambert.

Excerpt:  The book is radical in both form and content, only in part because disdain for politics, and for politic behavior, is a characteristic that many of the novel’s women share. Although a historical novel, this is most emphatically not a family saga. None of Lambert’s main characters are weighed down with children, and so the conflicts they face are not about how to survive, or whether to reckon with their own deviance. They see themselves as outside of such concerns. Instead of human error or betrayal leaving indelible marks on generations, it is the land and water, the plants and the animals, that leave their mark.


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Book Launch for Back East November 1

Come to the launch party and reading for my poetry collection, Back East! The party starts at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 1 at Longfellow’s Bookstore at One Monument Square in Portland, Maine.

The book is available from the Moon Pie Press website and at Longfellow Books in Portland, Maine, and other independent bookstores. 

Baron Wormser, the contest judge, said this about the collection: “This is the real thing–intelligence and feeling working together in genuine concert.”

Betsy Sholl says “Back East includes a chorus of voices, each making its own hard reckoning on the cliff edge of character and fate, loss and second chance…. Among the great pleasures in this book are its fresh perceptions, its moral seriousness, and its formal beauty.”  Book cover

The cover is a wonderful painting by Lisa Delaney of Cranberry Peak, part of the Bigelow Range in Maine.

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“Back East” wins Michael Macklin First Book Competition

Yippee!  My full-length poetry collection, Back East, will be published this fall by Moon Pie Press.  Story here.

Baron Wormser, the contest judge, says ““Michele Leavitt uses the finite resources of poetry—rhythm, form, word choice, sound—to create infinite effects. Her touch is light but reverberant. She has been around numerous blocks and is not only sadder and wiser, but more present to the tragicomedy of transience. This is the real thing—intelligence and feeling working together in genuine concert.”

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Memoir excerpt online

“The Swizzle,” about a suicidal client and a conflict with a court psychiatrist, is published on page 34 of the summer issue of So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art

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Memoir Excerpt, “Kitten Sack” in February Issue of Hippocampus

The title is a bit misleading. Online at

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New poem in the Valedictory Issue of Umbrella

Umbrella, a wonderful online journal that has been around (seemingly) forever has published its last issue.  My poem, “Quahog,” is just one of the many fine pieces in this issue:

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New poems onlin…

New poems online in the Fall 2012 issue of Per Contra.

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New work online

New poems online at Mezzo Cammin and Per Contra.

Check out my interview of Lewis Turco at The Tower Journal.

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Unity House Blog

All about the people who visit us at Unity House: Living Green at Unity House

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Poets on Adoption

Seventeen poets with adoption experiences (including me) have essays and poems on this new blog curated by Ellen R. Tabios:

The blog is featured on today’s Poetry Foundation Harriet blog

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