SACKVILLE, N.B. – Marilyn Lerch, former poet laureate of Sackville, is getting set for the release of her latest book, one which draws on her strong sense of place and appreciation of the community, culture and landscape where she lives.
Lerch will officially launch the book – That We Have Lived At All: Poems of Love, Witness & Gratitude – during an event at the Owens Art Gallery in Sackville on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m.
Lerch is the author of four previous volumes of poetry and was president of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick from 2006 to 2010. She worked for 24 years as a public school teacher and has long been active in cultural movements devoted to social justice and environmental protection.
The book includes poems that gather up her deep engagement with the heritage of the human condition and the mounting crisis of modern civilization.
That We Have Lived At All includes two long poems of dramatic power – Recycling Samuel Beckett and Foremothers. These poems are very different in theme and style but both have been composed out of long reflection on the human struggle and a deep sense of solidarity, love, and gratitude.
George Elliot Clarke, the seventh Parliamentary Poet of Canada, writes, “Lerch is as sensitive as Dylan Thomas and as clear-eyed as Elizabeth Bishop. A trustworthy inner voice…”
The author’s presentation at the Owens Art Gallery will include her reflections on the context in which this new book was created and on the perennial urgency of lifting up the beauty and goodness of the world.
Lerch will read selections from her new book and respond to questions and comments from the audience. That We Have Live At All will be available for purchase, courtesy of Tidewater Books, and the author will be available for signing.