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Why SIX? Because the collection is composed of six poems. And because the perspective in this collection shifts like a kaleidoscope, each image viewable from six possible angles. And because these poems, like the prevalent hexagons of the natural world--honeycombs, for instance--derive strength from their compression and their accumulation. "I call six times just to be sure you heard," this speaker announces on the first page. These poems are also the six calls--calls to attention, calls to action, calls to account for something of our own. The speaker in SIX is insistent, scrupulous, and unflinching as she plumbs six essential aspects of human experience that have shaped us all: art, language, desire, vocation, faith, and life-changing love.
About the Author
Julie Marie Wade is the author of four collections of poetry, including"When I Was Straight"(A Midsummer Night s Press, 2014) and"Postage Due"(White Pine Press, 2010), and four collections of lyric nonfiction, including"Catechism: A Love Story "(Noctuary Press, 2016) and"Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures"(Bywater Books, 2014; Colgate University Press, 2010).She has received an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir.She teaches in the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami.