High Tide

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Publication Date:  May 26, 2020 – Pre 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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Additional information

Publication Date

May 26, 2020

Format

Perfect Paperback

ISBN

978-1-951547-99-8

Length

79 pages

Trim

5.5 x 8.5 inches

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5 reviews for High Tide

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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