ANNA M. WARROCK
My writing has appeared in literary and multidisciplinary magazines, including The Harvard Review, The Madison Review, Mind’s Eye, Wild Earth, West, Phoebe, and Views. My publications include the chapbooks Horizon and Smoke and Stone, and the forthcoming Turning to Go Back (Slate Roof). For the anthology, Kiss Me Goodnight, Poems and Stories by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died, a Minnesota Book Award finalist, I wrote the introduction; several of my poems join the voices of 50 women writers.
My work with grief includes seminars for hospital workers and social workers. I’ve taught poetry classes to the elderly, college students, and teenagers. Besides being awarded Somerville Arts Council fellowships and project grants, my work has been installed in the Davis Square MBTA platform (Somerville, Mass.; “Remembering my mother’s face” inspired a dance by choreographer Jeryl Ann Owens); set to music (by the contemporary chamber music ensemble Row Twelve and by composer Wes York); and was part of a program at the Boston Museum of Science’s Hayden Planetarium. The New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle have published my op eds.
Poetry sits in the car, listening to the radio—love songs, hip hop, concertos. And now the news, has something been stolen? On the other side of the street, a man with a peach in his hand and a woman with a gun in her purse pass each other on the sidewalk. A policewoman comes up to the car and taps on the window with a pen, a ticket book in her other hand. A bus passes, close and loud, and the cop turns. Poetry puts the car in gear.
My artist's statement can only be about poetry, using metaphor to say the undefinable, to give voice to that which deserves a voice--life, through the lens of language.