We, the Almighty Fires
We, the Almighty Fires
"Welch digs deep into desire, origin, and the chaos of creation in a debut collection of rich, sensuous poems that juxtapose scriptural material with the sexual."
Anna Rose Welch holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2014, Kenyon Review Online, Guernica, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Barrow Street, The Paris-American, and other publications. She lives in Erie, PA, where she is the chief editor of a pharmaceutical publication and a violinist in several local ensembles.
"Welch embraces that genre-bending creative force, deftly bridging prose poems, long poems, and narrative poems, all while maintaining an intense focus on lyric, on sound, on white space. . . .We need more of this in poetry—flexible form and identity alike."
—The Kenyon Review
“This lively and moving debut collection [We, the Almighty Fires] reveals a poet on intimate terms with the sacred texts, while discovering something even more compelling in the intimate embraces of those nearest.”
—New York Journal of Books
"[We, the Almighty Fires] moves in a subtle, tidal rhythm from the first poem to the last. . . .These poems offer plenty for us to have faith in and reward us with each return."
—Split Rock Review
“Welch’s collection constantly pushes itself towards a state of empowerment and bliss…It overflows with celebration of sexuality and desire…”
“Anna Rose Welch’s We, the Almighty Fires is a testament to poetry’s ability to render the body’s erasure through verbal beauty and grace. There is a keen attention to music in these poems—a crafting of sound as sturdy as an ark in a biblical flood and as obsessive as the water’s recursive singing. Sensual and smart, Welch’s debut collection blazes with wild splendor.”
“Anna Rose Welch’s debut is the work of a much older soul—older as in one who has been steeped in the art of poem-making for ages. I hear so much silence between these lines, between each word, that in those spaces, she may have conferenced with Meister Eckhart. By the end of We, the Almighty Fires, all I know is that Welch has the means and the reins and the whoa to have gone anywhere to consult anyone in order to bring us these riches all her own.”
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