"Cassie Premo Steele is one of our prominent voices in today's literary arena."
-Thelma T. Reyna
Tongues in Trees | Poetry 1994-2017 is about revolution, both personal and political, and this collection shows the long arc of poetic ferocity that has often been overshadowed by the more nurturing contours of Cassie Premo Steele's writing.
This new volume contains all her previously published poems from journals and anthologies since 1994, plus brand new poems.
Consciously responding to this historical moment in which we are being asked to stand up and #resist and make our voices heard, these poems are fiercely allied with intersectional feminist and environmental movements. Watch the Kickstarter video below!
"Tracing her honeymoon journey from steamy South Carolina to the snowcapped mountains, the powerful Pacific, ancient forests, painted deserts, and endless waterfalls of Oregon, Cassie Premo Steele’s Beautiful Waters captures the imagery and the magic of the modern transcontinental journey and the wonder one feels when experiencing Oregon’s stunning and varied terrain for the first time."
-Melissa N. Stuckey, Ph.D., Historian and former professor at the University of Oregon
"With the intense precision of short lines and clipped sentences, these poems come together to form a travel narrative in the voice of a newly married woman who is attuned to all of the beauty and tension that belong to this place."
-Katie Manning, Ph.D., Founding Editor of Whale Road Review and author of Tasty Other, Winner of the 2016 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award
"Cassie Premo Steele mesmerizes with language that ‘ripples of green blood’ as she maps the ‘badlands’ of love, taking us on a voyage through history, matriarchy, the body, ‘surf crashing in like a diagnosis.’"
–Meg Tuite, author of Lined Up Like Scars
"Filled with respect for the shifting seasons of the earth and our creative lives, and rich with exercises and insights, this book is a gem for writers at any level."
- Laraine Herring, author of Writing Begins with the Breath
"In order to heal a wounded world, a wounded self, one must simultaneously, lovingly, and curiously enter two wild spaces—our own minds and the world of nature—both with an intent towards germination and discovery."
-Camille-Yvette Welsch, Literary Mama
"A wise novel about feminine relationships and the triumph of the heart."
-Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House
"Steele, who is also a poet, laces this story with poetry, legends, history, and delicious food. This is an impressive fiction debut."
-Suzanne Kamata, award-winning fiction writer and author of The Mermaids of Lake Michigan
"I loved this book! It will feed you. It will show you how to live."
-Gayle Brandeis, author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women
"The Pomegranate Papers is a rich, deeply satisfying poetry collection about the often surprising journey of motherhood and creativity. Steele's language is gentle and fierce, the poems both lush and complicated. This is a collection to read slowly and savor."
-Caroline M. Grant, author of How the Cassoulet Saved My Marriage
"Cassie Premo Steele offers her readers a supportive and wise cup of comfort in her spare, powerful poems about the creative process that resonate with courage and heart."
-Arlene G. Levine, author of Movie Life
"This is how honey runs speaks to the promise of believing and hoping, having patience and trust, and also beautifully blends the soul and natural world."
-Amy L. Alley, author of The Absence of Anyone Else
"Cassie Premo Steele has done something truly unique and soulful."
-Mark Jabbour, author of Attachment: a novel of war and peace
"Wednesday by Cassie Premo Steele is a compendium of weekly co-created poems, village word art that pulls the blanket off what we are all thinking."
-Jan Hull, author of Ceres Exley: The Quarantine
"In this moving first collection of poems, Cassie Premo Steele discovers affirmation emerging from 'ruin.' This is a hopeful book, filled with the wisdom that comes from acceptance."
-Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina Poet Laureate
"For Steele, we all suffer from the collective trauma of sexism, racism, and homophobia and she offers through poetry cultural prescriptions for healing."
-Kathryn Kirkpatrick, National Women's Studies Association Journal
"Sixteen earnest stories (plus additional poetry and prayers) by mostly new authors delve into a topic that is seldom open for discussion. Although much of this collection boldly examines the negative aspects of menstruation (shame, cramps, messes, silence and fear), the editor has included many positive perspectives as well, illuminating menstruation's life-affirming, procreative and spiritual potentials....Overall this book might be helpful to parents of teenage daughters who welcome a feminist and affirmative celebration of menstruation."
-from Publisher's Weekly