“Blessed with an ear for music which gives her poems a voice of subtle shifts, a spectrum of pulsing color, possessed of a keen eye for images of dreamscapes, and glimpses into lives glittering in halflight or about to erupt into violence, Pamela Stewart offers us a series of dazzling meditations on the enigmas inherent in the order and disorder of the world. Hers is a shimmering gift of language I accept with joy and with gratitude for its existence.”
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Pamela Stewart was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1948. She was educated at Goddard College and the University of Iowa. In addition to Infrequent Mysteries, her books include The St. Vlas Elegies, Cascades (L’Epervier Press 1977, 1979) and Nightblind (Ion Books, 1985). In 1982 she traveled to Britain on a Guggenheim Fellowship and lived in Cornwall for seven years. Currently, Pamela Stewart co-owns and manages Tregellys Fiber Farm in Hawley, MA, where she is developing the farm's connections with the local Tibetan community as well as working on a new manuscript.
“There’s a sense here of someone who observes closely, lovingly, in obsessive detail; of a poet who is intensely interested in the world and its inhabitants and the complicated web of their emotions and spirits.”
—Catherine Fisher, Planet (Wales)
“Like an iron filing, Stewart is drawn to the magnet of dichotomy. The world divides, and Stewart inhabits the division… Infrequent Mysteries is haunted by separation over time and space. The poems step in and out of time, mediating between the person then and the person now… Meditations on the inexact are Stewart’s strength. She gives us another side of human experience, one that eludes the silver nitrate of the film. Or else she clicks her multiple exposures so that the image folds into image, decade into decade, the final print an accumulation of sensory stimuli that tell their own kind of truth.”
—Judith Kitchen, The Georgia Review
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