Continuing Bridge is Melanie
Green’s second collection of poetry. Her first collection, Determining Sky,
is distributed by Mountains and Rivers Press. Continuing Bridge was
designed by Jonathan Greene and features a cover photograph by artist, Dobree
Adams. Green reveals the profound nature of the everyday and reminds us of the
rewards we receive from paying close attention to the briefest moment and smallest
detail. Her innovative phrasing, rhythm, and line breaks create poems that Paul
Merchant calls “whispered prayers” and result in a collection that Tim
Applegate describes as “a beautiful hymn.”
Praise for Continuing Bridge
continuing bridge Melanie Green has crafted a beautiful hymn to the
“quiet gods of the small”, pausing to consider a bee in a nest of lavender or a
dime found on a sidewalk even as she addresses her larger concerns: faith,
illness, hope. In rich, inventive language the poet celebrates a world “hobbled
with tenderness” where fishermen (as well as poets) cast their lines into the
dark and “home is the sound of rain”.
Tim Applegate, author of At
the End of Day, and Drydock
our great Gothic cathedrals, the complex window tracery holds a mosaic of
stained glass, filling the interior with diffused sunlight. Melanie Green’s
poems are assembled in the same way, out of lucid fragments, each word placed
with care, transmitting her clear-eyed perceptions.
varied light ranges from full summer blaze to a clean autumnal crispness,
cataloguing desire in every aspect: sudden joy, deep contentment, rueful
poems are whispered prayers that evoke all the senses, bringing us the
fragrance of blackberries, the ripple of water, the touch of skin, the taste of
licorice, the shimmer of a hummingbird. They offer up the whole world of a
tender heart, generously shared.
Paul Merchant, author of Some
Business of Affinity, translator
with illness and pain---“…being ill/ being broken// open// to fire…,” Melanie
Green writes poems that reach for “…the orchard// of heaven,/ agate moon,/ an
insight of stars.” In this compelling book, physical limitation seems akin to a
dam, creating---by its very existence---the necessity for a spillway, for her
luminous spill of words onto a page. Green’s hyphenated world of “sun-gild” and
“sweat-thrill” quickens with a reverence for leaf, dragonfly, grass, bee. Her
transcendent work ushers you into a celebratory place where “…your heart leaps/
so broad beneath/ your skin// you swear you built/ the sky.”
Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet
Laureate, author of Understory,
Poems from Continuing Bridge
to the moon in daylight”
to other quiet gods of the small.
the god of the dragonfly, the fluttering
the old brick chimney. to the god
dried grasses, the sewing needle,
hole punch, the shoulder,
passion flower growing
the old grey fence. listening
the god of couch makers,
scented air, and to the god
the god of the blue surround
of the open window.
is Not an Unlived Life”
to the marrow
Melanie Green has climbed Mt. Hood twice, raced her motorcycle at Portland International Raceway, worked construction jobs, in an office, as a nanny, a security guard, a ski instructor, and for Greenpeace.
She grew up in Washington and Oregon, lived in California, Colorado, and British Columbia before returning to Portland, which is now home.
Living with chronic fatigue syndrome since 1988 has curtailed her athletic activities.
She now writes, reads, enjoys nature photography, meditation, and the video arcade.
Green has studied poetry with Carolyn Forche, Michele Glazer, Linda Gregg, Paulann Petersen, Peter Sears, and Bill Siverly.
Her poems have been published in The Oregonian, Windfall, The Christian Science Monitor, Fireweed, and elsewhere.
Determining Sky is her first book of poems.