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Everyone Lives Here: Poems Paperback – August 6, 2014
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Sharon Webster is a writer and visual artist. Prior to Everyone Lives Here, her poems have appeared in seven poetry self-published chapbooks and in various journals. She has taught studio art at Community College of Vermont and worked with developmentally challenged adults at Home Base, Inc. for many years.
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There are autobiographical poems, too, like the art teacher who teaches "the freedom to be imperfect." After her hysterectomy, the poet promises "to do good things / forever if I ever get better" and allows herself to "cry." She visits the gym where sweat is "held / in high esteem"; she praises "the democracy / of a locker room" where "what was sunken is indeed / ample and dusky, and naked / with other women on the warm cedar planks." In THE MUSIC OF THEIR NAMES, she takes on the ignored women artists of the Renaissance and pledges to "think of what was forgotten. / Think of how to find it again."
Like her vibrant artwork (a Remington typewriter, for example, that spews out a mass of fragmented pages on its top), Webster's poems, with their whimsical line breaks, become a virtual painting on the page. The reader will find a surprise in every line, a fresh, sensuous way of seeing and knowing. S/he will want to read the collection over and over again, and meet, hug and weep over Everyone Who Lives Here.