Rachel Jamison Webster is an artist in residence at Northwestern University. She edits an online anthology of intemational poetry, UniVerse, which aims to widen poetry's audience and celebrate poets from every nation in the world. She previously published a chapbook, The Blue Grotto (2009), and edited two anthologies of writing by young people, Alchemy (2001) and Paper Atrium (2004). Webster is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Young Poets Prize and an American Association of University Women Award.
The poems in Rachel Webster’s debut collection September often address a fleeting moment. Like the month, the moment can be a single leaf falling or a season of life. Webster’s pastoral poems address personal physical change in the seasons of life, including childhood, love, motherhood, and death. Together they lead the reader through a lyrical landscape of conversation, meditation, and healing. The work of a poet sensitive to worlds external and internal, September speaks to the core of life and the simplicity of human events and the natural world around us.
"The world revealed in these poems is on fire with the primordial wisdom and unfathomable mystery of creation, as if passion were the very fabric of that world and every object in it. The heart revealed is a heart that sees. And the spirit disclosed is one deeply enamored of the body. She speaks breathlessly in praise, in awe, in pain, and in wonder at the manifold nature of being alive. On the one hand, her voice is that of a seer, mystic, and ecstatic lover of existence who knows very clearly the nearness and intimacy of destruction and non-existence. On the other hand, she manages to sound like a close friend simply pointing out the ravishing beauty that surrounds us. Her's is the voice of our inner friend. If this collection is any proof, she is on a path of ever-deepening power, insight, and craft."
TriQuarterly Books / Northwestern University Press