Meryl Natchez’ most recent book is a bilingual volume of translations from the Russian: Poems From the Stray Dog Café: Akhmatova, Mandelstam and Gumilev. She is co-translator of Tadeusz Borowski: Selected Poems. Her book of poems, Jade Suit, appeared in 2001, and her new book, The Catwalk of Consciousness, is forthcoming from Longship Press.

Her work has appeared in “Poetry Northwest,” “The American Journal of Poetry,” “ZYZZYVA,” “The Pinch Literary Review,” “Atlanta Review,” “Lyric,” “The Moth,” “Comstock Review,” and many others. Natchez founded and managed a technical writing business, TechProse, now owned and managed by the employees as FutureState. She was co-founder of the non-profit, Opportunity Junction, now in its 16h year, and raised four children. She is on the board of Marin Poetry Center.

To avoid suffocation from an excess of lit crit, Meryl took a leave of absence in her junior year of college. She barely survived with her love of poetry intact. It turned out there were a lot of intriguing things happening out in the world, and she has been cheerfully home schooling herself ever since.


 

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Publications

BOOKS

Poems from the Stray Dog Café:
Akhmatova, Mandelstam and Gumilev

Translated by Meryl Natchez with Polina Barskova and Boris Wolfson

Includes an introduction describing the Acmeist poetic movement, a timeline, and an updated translation of “The Morning of Acmeism,” by Osip Mandelstam, as well as selected poems. Second printing. Purchase

 

Jade Suit, Poems

Hardcover, 2001

hit & run press, Berkeley, California. Purchase

 

 

 

 

Tadeusz Borowksi: Selected Poems

Translated by Tadeusz Pioro, Larry Rafferty and Meryl Natchez, introduction by Stanisław Barańczak

Most of these poems were written while Borowski was a prisoner in Dachau, Birkenau and Auschwitz, during World War II. Borowski and other inmates memorized them and he reassembled them after the war.

hit & run press, Berkeley, California. Purchase

Poetry Publications (online)

Theodicy
Women’s Voices for Change

Thinking about Einstein while waiting for the Big Blue Bus
The American Journal of Poetry

Made of Molecules and More About the Oak
Rappahonnock Review

Dawn in Monterey
Canary Lit Mag

Marai Sandor in San Diego
Winning Writers

Poem with a Line by Amy Clampitt
talkingwriting.com

Equivocal Activist
sixfold.org

Spoken Poetry
voetica.com

Prose Publications (online)

My Mother’s Exit (memoir)
talkingwriting.com

Interview with Dorianne Laux, March 2019
poetrynw.org

Interview with Forrest Gander
poetrynw.org

Interview with William Brewer
zyzzyva.org

Interview with Maurya Simon
poetryflash.org

Book Reviews

Dorianne Laux, Only as the Day Is Long
PoetryFlash

Francesca Bell, Bright Stain
zyzzyva.org

A. E. Stallings, LIKE
zyzzyva.org

Forrest Gander, Be With
zyzzyva.org

Tony Hoagland, Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God
zyzzyva.org

Tony Hoagland, Recent Changes in the Vernacular
zyzzyva.org

In the Shape of a Human Body I Am Visiting the Earth: Poems from Far and Wide (Anthology from McSweeney’s)
zyzzyva.org

Mary Ruefle, My Private Property
zyzzyva.org

Troy Jollimore, Syllabus of Errors
zyzzyva.org

Interview

Rappahannock Review
Contributor Spotlight
Issue 5.3

Last Summer’s Project

Prose poems inspired by Carlo Rovelli’s Seven Brief Lessons on Physics


More about the oak

It dominates the view its branches so inviting that the first thing we did was make a treehouse inside them not worried about the oak not thinking about the way each leathery leaf turns air and sunlight and water into food and draws another nanometer of water up through the channel of xylem from roots so deep that the trunk becomes a great reservoir and during the eight dry months of a California spring and summer and fall lets gravity pull some of its aquifer back to nourish the shallow roots around it, not considering the network of rhizomes this small ecosystem of hillside where we’d plunked ourselves, not really seeing the oak at all except as ornament, as tool for our human pleasure and it tolerates us still as the treehouse falls into disuse and the squirrels and crows the sentinel hummingbirds survey their territory from its branches as the small humans who played there move on

CURRENT PROJECT

Looseplex

Work in progress. 

Cut up sonnets inspired by Jericho Brown’s essay on the Duplex.

Read all about it in this PDF.

Also watch Looseplex on the video page.

Looseplex 31-Losing Patience

How many years was my path obscured by junk
My ungovernable heart, pocked with grievance?

Microorganisms effervesce
Starting from something simple, like milk

Push up bras, slim jims, and cheese doodles
Endlessly stitching snags in the sky.

Remember being crazed with desire?
Seeds release in heat, the ground charred clear for them.

We talk after dinner, wine glasses refilled.
The monks who touched the match to their own dowsed robes,

What I believed was the absolute truth, no
The fluorescent, merciless present.

The earth gearing up to shrug us off.
These are the stamps on the final envelope.

 

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Events

UPCOMING READINGS AND EVENTS

Friday, October 11, 7-9pm
Poetry Reading with Francesca Bell
Poetry Connection at
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin
240 Channing Way, San Rafael, CA 94903
Venue Website

Saturday, October 19, 6:30pm
Poetry Reading with Sandra Cross, Rebecca Foust and Amanda Moore
Faye’s Video, 3614 18th Street
San Francisco, Phase 2, Litquake

SIGNIFICANT PAST EVENTS

Thursday, August 15, 7pm

 

Larkspur Library
400 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA 94939
Venue Website

 

 

 

Linda Gregg Memorial
Please watch the video, which is in two parts.



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Contact

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