Kathleen Jesme reads from her new book of poetry "Albedo"
New poetry from Minnesota’s own Kathleen Jesme.
Albedo is a collection of tricksters from Anton Mesmer to the inexplicable gods of Ovid; fairy-tale characters and figures from memory; the white blanket of snow in the far north across which a small plane flies: these recurrent images haunt and populate Kathleen Jesme's Albedo. "A small abyss becomes / larger with use," she writes, yet in examining the mostly ordinary and sometimes extraordinary ways in which the individual comes to perceive and love the world, Jesme acknowledges a landscape of "dormancy for the duration" with poems that confront multiple mournings.
Kathleen Jesme is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Albedo (Ahsahta Press), Meridian (Tupelo Press), and The Plum-Stone Game (Ahsahta Press). Her books have won the Lena Miles Wever Todd and Snowbound Poetry Prizes. She is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and a recent recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant.