I have two new poems up at 4th and Sycamore, a really wonderful publication. Thanks for taking a look!
Feeling the pull to say (and feel):
I love you anyway. Even if you fall and fail and we don’t ultimately win this one. Its ok. I’m still here and will always be here.
A night in harvest
Aria and Morgan sleep in the bedroom quietly
A fan blows in the other room
It is full dark out
And the windows are open.
I can hear the strong breeze in the leaves
That are just starting to turn.
I think sometimes that I would feel whatever I feel
Good or bad
Regardless of whatever life event or circumstance
I am blaming my mood on.
I swallow disappointment
Let it go I tell myself.
This work is surely good
For the soul and skin
The moon was up and full this morning as I drove to work
Some truths are only found in darkness
In the cleanliness of dirt and ground and natural things
Hold space for detris
That is how the transformation happens.
And that is the magic.
Strange Beauty, my second poetry collection, is now available for pre order HERE. All pre ordered copies will ship on December 15th.
I am so excited that the book is finally available, thanks so much for your support!
Strange Beauty is an exceptionally appropriate title for this collection of poems. Susan Sweetland Garay marvels at the ordinary, expressing her observations about the everyday with precision and adoration in equal measure. Her poetry will make you fall in love with the world or fall in love with it even more. “The sacred/and mundane/overlap like/ocean and sand,/in constant motion…”
Author of When Empurpled: An Elegy
editor of Zoomoozophone Review
Garay’s poetry is sharp and clean, yet embraces ideas with lines as open and wild as they are sonorous. Her words blur dichotomies to pastel shades, then soar through vistas where art meets elegance and free-flying expressions of color and sound wing their way along like chromatic birds. A talented poetess with a bright future ahead of her to be sure.
-Earl E.S. Wynn
Editor of Leaves of Ink
With its unadorned images and pared back narrative, Strange Beauty is filled with exactly that—strange beauty. The world introduced within these histories balances between fantasy and reality, between the world we wonder at and the world we struggle in. This narrator is domestic instinct—is woken by secrets—is presenter of rain and waves in the sea—with her dream-like charm on exhibition.
—Stephanie Bryant Anderson
Founder of Red Paint Hill Publishing
author of Monozygotic | Codependent
Strange Beauty includes 77 pages of original writing with themes including motherhood, family relationships, finding beauty in the ordinary and a relationship with the natural world.
The book is available through Aldrich Press, an imprint of Kelsay Books. Please include a message in comments if you would like a signed copy of the book.
Copyright Susan Sweetland Garay 2015. All rights reserved.
The two of us lay side
by side facing each other.
She suckles contentedly.
I take a deep breath trying
to relieve my tension and breathe
love and comfort
The worst thing about our fighting
is worrying that she can feel it.
That we are scarring her,
creating some deep issue
that will one day rise up and make us
wish to God we had been better
in her early years.
These days I can’t feel anger
without bringing along with it
worry and guilt.
She signs and turns
releasing my nipple.
I move carefully,
slowly, so as not to
I emerge from the dark bedroom
ready for another evening of
anger and avoidance
but thankfully my stubborn
heart pushes the issue
and we talk
and he sees
and I sigh again,
this time with relief
and much warm air.
I hope that the girl can feel it
from her darkened room
under pale green stars.