Click here to order Catwalk, my new book of poems, released on June 23. Beautifully produced by Longship Press, and selected as a BEST INDIE BOOK 2020 by Kirkus Review.  Here are the blurbs from the back cover:

In Catwalk, Meryl Natchez casts the kind of spells that amount to a more precise definition for the “changing same” of what lyric poetry really is. Yes, these poems show a gift for formal dexterity with haibuns and cinquains and nonce verse, but what I love about them is how much of the world—how much of a life—Natchez conjures in the space of a few lines.  From the biology of earthworms to the pitfalls of a forty-year love affair, there is no place this poetry won’t touch.  Or in Natchez’s own words: “It wakes me with its/interrogating light.”  This is a brilliant book. — Jericho Brown

The world of Meryl Natchez’s Catwalk reveals an elemental understanding of our place in the often conflicting dramas of the natural world and human impulses. There is an enviable muscle to these lyrical meditations on the ephemeral consolations of memory amid our ever-shifting, complex constellations of loss. — David St. John

Out of the ordinary, daily, material items of life, “newspaper or book or laptop, the ramekin of salt,” Meryl Natchez’s new book, Catwalk, forges a tapestry… As she writes,  “now being a confused elixir/of sun and fog and email…/random moments that can converge/into a ravishing pattern…” It is that pattern that a reader finds in Catwalk. —Lynn Emanuel




Kirkus Review
“Outstanding poetic musings that strike at the very core of human connections and contradictions.”

The Widening Spell
“My reading of Meryl Natchez’ Catwalk (Longship Press, 2020) has caused me to fall in love with poetry all over again.” Terry Lucas

Sorrow as a Matter of Perspective
Catwalk sings of life’s disappointments and consolations and reminds us that sorrow is a matter of perspective that tends to dwindle in the long rearview.” Rebecca Foust, ZYZZYVA

A Certain Uncertainty
“A skilled and versatile poet, Natchez works with ease within a variety of poetic forms and modes.” Maurya Simon, Poetry Northwest

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. Email to purchase.


Jade Suit, Poems

Hardcover, 2001

hit & run press, Berkeley, California.

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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.

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Poetry Publications (online)

A Single Bending Leaf

The Muses as Flamingos
Indolent Books

The Afternoon Before the Day of Atonement

Because I woke in a panic
Rogue Agent

Shelter in Place
What Rough Beast

Art and Matvei Petrovich Bronstien
(Finalist, Joan Swift Memorial Prize)

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

Equivocal Activist

Because I woke in a panic

Lying on the massage table at the mudbaths
Literary Matters

Full Circle, a Diptych
Literary Matters

Spoken Poetry

Prose Publications (online)

A Career Called Poet (memoir)
Harvard Advocate Blog

Interview with Robert Hass, Sharon Olds & Brenda Hillman
for launch of Why to These Rocks” 50 Years of Poems from the Community of Writers

Interview with Rebecca Foust

Interview with Ellen Bass
Poetry Northwest

Interview with Dorianne Laux, March 2019
Poetry Northwest

Interview with Forrest Gander
Poetry Northwest

Interview with William Brewer

Interview with Maurya Simon
Poetry Flash

Interview with Joyce Jenkins

Book Reviews

An Ordinary Live by B.H.Fairchild
Tupelo Quarterly

Coral Bracho translated by Forrest Gander

Amanda Moore, Requeening
Tupelo Quarterly

Katie Kitamura, Intimacies

Forrest Gander, Twice Alive
LA Review of Books

Diane Seuss, frank:sonnets
Rain Taxi

Heather Altfeld, Post Mortem

The Selected Letters of John Berryman
Hudson Review, Winter 2021

Mark Jarman, Dailiness

Ellen Bass, Indigo
LA Review of Books

Jericho Brown, The Tradition

Jane Hirshfield, Ledger

Dorianne Laux, Only as the Day Is Long

Francesca Bell, Bright Stain

A. E. Stallings, LIKE

Forrest Gander, Be With

Tony Hoagland, Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God

Tony Hoagland, Recent Changes in the Vernacular

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

Mary Ruefle, My Private Property

Troy Jollimore, Syllabus of Errors


Rappahannock Review
Contributor Spotlight
Issue 5.3

2018 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

2019 Project


Work in progress. 

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

Read all about it in this PDF  or 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.