Translations From the Human Language (2001)
& Lucky Break (2008)
“In Terry Ehret’s Lucky Break, the present is not a moment fixed in time, but a dangerous realm where the poet searches for ‘something worth worshipping.’ Pulled by history and memory into the past, and propelled toward the future by the possibilities of what ‘might be,’ Ehret makes her negotiations with contingency. She insists emphatically that ‘There is nothing to fear,’ but it’s the brave honesty of her poems that make this so. By turns tender and fierce, Lucky Break offers the reader courage in lieu of consolation. Ehret quotes Mallarmé’s dictum: ‘Each book a tomb in miniature for the soul.’ A soul could rest easy in Lucky Break.” —Gary Young, author of No Other Life
Terry Ehret is one of the founders of Sixteen Rivers Press. Literary awards for her previous collections, Lost Body and Translations from the Human Language, include the National Poetry Series, the Commonwealth Club of California Book Award, and the Nimrod/ Hardman Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize. In 1997, as the writer-on-site at the Oakland Museum of California, she created a poetry audio tour for the Gallery of California Art; and from 2004-2006, she served as Sonoma County Poet Laureate. She has taught writing at San Francisco State and Sonoma State Universities, California College of the Arts, Santa Rosa Junior College, and with the California Poets in the Schools Program. She currently leads private workshops in Sonoma County, California, where she lives with her family. Lucky Break is her third book of poems.
Publication date: 2008
Paperback / 96 pages
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Terry has been nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize for her sonnet sequence “Night Sky Journey”.
Terry’s personal website is at www.terryehret.com
A profile of Terry appeared in the Argus Courier on February 28, 2008.
Read review by Bart Schneider in Metroactive Books, October 22, 2008.
Watch video of reading at Sacramento Poetry Center, October 20, 2008.
Translations from the Human Language
“Terry Ehret constructs poems that are fearless. . . No matter how dark her themes, she manages to circle back . . . to reclaim new and widening patterns of light, as dark hair, antlers, corollas of oaks spring from her canvas. It is how she listens to her subjects and finds their form that ultimately stuns the reader. Like Joaquin Miller in ‘The Heights,’ she grips the worlds so hard she holds it in place for a few moments—and makes it shine.” —Fran Ringold, Editor-in-Chief, Nimrod
Publication date: 2001
Paperback / 91 pages
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Read review by David Templeton in Northern California Bohemian, December 13-19, 2001.
Read review by Gretchen Giles in Sonoma Independent, February 15-21, 1996.