Natasha Saje's new book Bend
divulges the spirit of a sensualist and the habits of a contemplative; sometimes vice versa. Colors are separated with the veracity of paint. Shifts in temperature are registered and background noises distinguished, not only for texture's sake but for their essential contribution to the poems' substance. Fine foods are sung and individual words lit. For company Saje summons a curious assortment of lettered forbears including Cotton Mather, Henry Vaughan, Nietzsche, Proust, Gertrude Stein, and Mary Shelley. A virtuous and subtly depraved book is Bend
."-- C.D. Wright
About the Author
was born in Germany and grew up in New York City and northern New Jersey. Her first book of poems, Red Under the Skin
(Pittsburgh, 1994), received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and the Towson Prize in Literature. Her poems, essays, and reviews appear in The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, New Republic, Parnassus, Shenandoah,
and The Writers Chronicle
, among others. Saje teaches at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and in the Vermont College MFA in Writing program.