Please join us for a poetry reading with Salem native Molly Bashaw.
WINNER OF THE 2013 WASHINGTON PRIZE
THE WHOLE FIELD STILL MOVING INSIDE IT
The Whole Field Still Moving Inside It is a tour de force that returns us to our native roots, connected to the land, knowing the weft of our work, our food, our spinning nights of stars. Selected from 324 submissions to the annual Washington Prize competition, this manuscript climbed through the ranks, dazzling each reader in turn until it swept away the final judges. “I fell in love with this manuscript… a voice like I’d never heard before, a true original,” says judge Leslie McGrath. Judge Barbara Goldberg adds, “The book is both elegy for a way of life that’s gone, and celebration of a life-force that never ends.”
James Longenbach comments, “To say that Molly Bashaw has written a book inhabiting the most gritty details of farm life is like saying that Melville wrote the best-ever book about whaling: it’s true, but the result of her inhabitation is not reportage but myth-making of the highest imaginative level. The poems feel simultaneously earth-bound and surreal, most convincingly worldly when their language is most exquisitely unhinged. Molly Bashaw is an artist of the American sublime: greet her at the beginning of a great career.”
The Whole Field Still Moving Inside It is Bashaw’s first published book. Her work has appeared in journals, including Crazyhorse and The Beloit Poetry Journal. In 2011 she received the Lynda Hull Memorial Award.
After growing up on farms in Massachusetts, upstate New York, and Vermont, Bashaw received degrees in Music Performance from the Eastman School of Music and the Staatliche Hocshule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany. For 12 years she lived and worked as a freelance bass trombonist in Germany, after which, in 2012-2013, Bashaw was poet-in-residence at Phillips Exeter Academy as the Bennett Fellow. Currently, she is attending graduate school in Germany.
The Whole Field Still Moving Inside It is published by The Word Works.