Melissa Green is a poet’s poet, quietly garnering the respect of such distinguished voices as Derek Walcott and Joseph Brodsky, whom she translated for a recent collection of nativity poems. Green’s work has appeared in Yale Review, Agni, Paris Review, and The New York Review of Books. Her celebrated first volume, The Squanicook Eclogues, four long poems that weave memory and landscape with an almost religious understanding of the passage of time, received the Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America 1989 and the Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Derek Walcott wrote of The Squanicook Ecologues, “Responsibility and delight are the tone of the true poet, a joy in the craft that supercedes its themes however afflicted, and on every page of this book Melissa Green’s reverential elations uplift and soothe the reader as naturally and cleanly as the morning wind.?

Hailed by Amy Clampitt as “a born, a natural poet," Green is also the author of the harrowing and exquisite Color is the Suffering of Light: A Memoir. She lives in Winthrop, Massachusetts.

[Note: the poet was unable to come due to illness]

 

Poems by Melissa Green

Excerpt of The Squanicook Eclogues (August, part iv)

Excerpt of The Squanicook Eclogues (April, part ii)

Daphne in Mourning