by Sharon Chmielarz
In Calling, Sharon Chmielarz recalls the lives of those, who, in Elisabeth Bishop’s words, in “Brazil, January 1, 1502 “... who kept calling, calling to each other...” They are known and unknown painters, musicians, the local beautician, islanders and immigrants. They are subjects for our attention, long overdue. These are portrait poems serving as windows into the lives of Monet’s egg girl, Galileo’s daughter, the Two Fat Ladies. They are a record of the people we come from, recorded in lyric and narrative, with dashes of humor and anger, love and sadness at the irrefutable wash of history the poems find themselves in. They are women who are showcases of strength, reflection, and the ordinary transformed by the desire to be counted. They seek the remembrance due the neglected. The poet’s drag-net sweeps them all in.
Sharon Chmielarz’s books of poetry include Calling, The Sky Is Great The Sky Is Blue, The Rhubarb King, The Other Mozart, But I Won’t Go Out in a Boat, Different Arrangements, and one chapbook, Stranger in Her House. Her work has been a finalist in the National Poetry Series, and in ‘99, ‘01, ‘02, ’05, ’07 and ‘10 nominated for a Pushcart. It’s been featured on American Life in Poetry (‘07) and individual poems translated into French and Polish. The Rhubarb King, won a Merit Award from the 2007 Midwest Independent Publishers Association. The Other Mozart has been made into a two-part opera. Her book Calling was first runner up in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2011, for poetry.
Feb. 10, 2012: Banfill Locke Center for the Arts
early 2012, but as yet undated: North Star Chapter of the German Russians, Berea Lutheran Church, 7538 Emerson Ave. S., Mpls. (Richfield)
OTHER BOOKS PUBLISHED
The Sky Is Great The Sky Is Blue (Whistling Shade Press, 2010)
The Rhubarb King (Loonfeather Press, 2006)
The Other Mozart (Ontario Review Press/ imprint W.W. Norton, 2001)
But I Won’t Go Out in a Boat (New Rivers Press, 1991)
Different Arrangements (New Rivers Press, 1982)
Stranger in Her House (Poetry Harbor, 1990) -- contact author through www.sharonchmielarz.com to purchase
Pied Piper of Hamelin (Stemmer House, 1990) (out of print)
The End of Winter (Crown, 1992) (out of print)
Down at Angel’s (Ticknor & Field/ Houghton Mifflin, 1994)