New Release: Sparks and Disperses

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Sales of the book will be donated to youth arts nonprofit ArtWell.

Cornerstone Press, November 2021

“These poems gather up the sensuous fruit, the curiosity and grace of the poet’s living.”
—Yolanda Wisher, author of Monk Eats an Afro
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Poet Laureate, 2016-2017
The poems in Cathleen Cohen’s Sparks and Disperses reckon with contemporary life through the perspective of visual artists. Drawing on an ancient Kabbalistic myth of the “shattering of vessels,” Cohen explores issues of fracture, healing, and creation; the challenges of poverty, isolation, and the pandemic; and how we can find meaning and joy through artmaking. By building a poetic mural made of cracked ceramics, household items, and glass shards, Cohen promotes healing through continuity and hope.

Cathleen Cohen was the 2019 Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. A painter and teacher, she founded the We the Poets program at ArtWell, an arts education nonprofit in Philadelphia ( Camera Obscura (chapbook, Moonstone Press), appeared in 2017, and Etching the Ghost (Atmosphere Press), was published in 2021.

“Sparks and Disperses touches reality and by this actual touching, reveals life in its exquisite brilliance and raw distress.”
—John Fox, The Institute for Poetic Medicine

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