High Tide

(9 reviews)


Publication Date:  July 28, 2020 – Order Today!

High tide . . .

On the one hand, high tide can mean “surf’s up” on a beautiful beach. You might be there with friends or family—waves big enough to ride, sun high in an azure sky.

On the other, there is Dylan’s sinister warning: “It’s bad out there. High waters everywhere.” Those waves that seemed friendly before can be dark, ominous—dangerous. And a memory of a family walk on the beach, of childhood days spent on the Outer Cape in August, can seem a bit scarier as the tide of time steadily crawls up the sandy banks. . . .

Along with narrative poems of the poet’s past, this diverse collection contains poems of place about the Outer Cape, Wellfleet, Montana, and Somerville. Others address the changes to our environment, among them, the rising seas. Political poems recognize the chaos of our times, and try to divine order from this chaos. For what is poetry but a means to see the world through song and metaphor, a way to take a closer look at our lives and the world around us?

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Publication Date

July 28, 2020


Perfect Paperback, eBook


978-1-951547-99-8, 978-1-951547-98-1


79 pages


5.5 x 8.5 inches

Review on NetGalley

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Watch the YouTube video of Ed Meek reading some of his poetry. Ed’s reading begins at 37 minutes in.

Listen to Ed Meek read some of his poems from High Tide

9 reviews for High Tide

  1. Bill Littlefield — Author of “Prospect” and “Take Me Out,” Host of NPR’s “Only a Game”

    In “On the Outer Cape in August,” meteorites are “flaming out like dreams at dawn.” In “Hunting Mushrooms with Mina,” “stars colonize the Big Sky.” When Ed Meek isn’t looking up, he’s noticing the “Asian woman – all angles,” playing “Paint It Black” “underneath the street” on her violin as the train approaches the station, and he thinks of all the “artists, musicians, poets” we’ll never notice or even know of, unless we’re paying attention, even when we’re waiting for the train. Is it an overstatement to suggest that one function of poetry is to help us learn to see? When the subject is Ed Meek’s work, I think it’s a simple fact.

  2. Nina Rubinstein Alonso — Editor of “Constellations, a Journal of Poetry and Fiction”

    Ed Meek’s poems pull us in with such clarity that you don’t feel the pain at first, almost like a painting you need to study until you see what’s waiting in the shadows, that scarred figure, its history.

  3. Zvi A. Sesling — Brookline, MA Poet Laureate; Editor and Publisher of “Muddy River Poetry Review,” Author of “War Zones” and “The Lynching of Leo Frank”

    If you are hungry for a fine feast of poetry, Ed Meek will fill your plate with delicious poems. His newest poetry book is a trifecta of lyric, narrative, and nature poems. In “How to Make Meatballs,” the end product is not what one would expect. In “Miss Maloney, ”fifth grade tough guys set out to break a teacher. Every poem in this carefully crafted volume is well worth reading. Who could ask for more?

  4. Dr J Reads, Reviewer — NetGalley

    This is my first time reading Ed Meek’s work, but I appreciated the poems in this collection. I love the way the author uses everyday images and language to craft poems that actually speak to real life. Sometimes verses escape into the ethereal. Meek shows that poetry can speak to the real right here and now. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for my unbiased review.

  5. Farah Tahmasebi, Reviewer — NetGalley

    I quite enjoyed getting lost in this book. The prose is easily digestible and imaginative. Some interesting concepts and view points, which made this book stand out for me.

  6. Lee

    High Tide is a real tour de force! I loved so many of the poems but the ones about author Ed Meek’s mother and his family were so poignant. Just love the title poem [“High Tide”] and could closely relate to “For my Mother”—my mom covered over her deep sadness with attempts at constant cheerful perkiness. The poems about family are wonderful. The painful, honest poems like “Talking to Yourself” and “Something’s not Right”—so strong. The poems about nature are great and I also loved the bird poems. The author paints depression so well but other poems really soar and are transcendent, like “Maid Pouring Milk.” This very moving collection also contained a lot touches of humor too!

  7. Lindy Conroe

    Couldn’t stop reading this wonderful collection of poems—they are priceless gems. I identified with the poet and poems as I think we must share some of the same sensibilities, partly, perhaps, from being raised Irish Catholic.

  8. Carolynn Kingyens — Reviewer, Across the Margin

    Ed Meek’s latest collection of poems, High Tide, is an exquisite reckoning with one’s self; between one’s past and present, a sort of homecoming without a home. There’s a beautiful vulnerability present, along with a palpable sadness in High Tide that speaks directly to the human condition. Read the full review at Across the Margin.

  9. Cambridge Chronicle

    The fourth book of poetry for part-time Wellfleet resident includes topics that could connect to multiple possible meanings for the two-word title. The volume includes narrative poems related to Meek’s past, as well as poems about the Outer Cape and Wellfleet, Montana, and his other hometown of Somerville. Others address the environment and politics. Some of the poems have appeared in the Cape Cod Times and on WCAI radio.

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