Cinder gathers for the first time poetry from across Susan Stewart’s thirty-five-year career, including many extraordinary new poems. From brief songs to longer meditative sequences, and always with formal innovation and exquisite precision, Stewart evokes the innocence of childhood, the endangered mysteries of the natural world, and deeply felt perceptions, both acute and shared. We invite you to join us for a reading in celebration of this new volume of poems.
“Stewart explores our insatiable desire to remember and make meaning out of this remembering,” Ange Mlinko wrote in the Nation. “Stewart’s elegiac bent has broadened, over time, from the personal lyric . . . to what might be called the cultural lyric. Fewer and fewer of her poems reference what she alone remembers; they are about what you and I remember.”
Reading across this retrospective collection is a singular experience of seeing the unfolding development of one of the most ingenious and moving lyric writers in contemporary poetry.
Susan Stewart is the author of five books of poetry, including Columbarium, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. A former MacArthur Fellow and a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she teaches at Princeton University.