Congratulations to Adam Tavel and his two new upcoming poetry collections, Green Regalia from Stephen F. Austin State Press and Sum Ledger from Measure Press. Adam says that he is “excited to have two books coming out roughly at the same time, yet these books couldn’t be more different in scope, tone, and arc. Sum Ledger is a collection of poems about money and social class, whereas Green Regalia centers on questions of ecology, the body, aging, and grief.” We couldn’t be more excited to get our hands on both of these wonderful new collections.
Sum Ledger is a powerful and wide-ranging meditation — via a dazzling array of poetic forms and sources — on money, class, and poverty, that complicates the narrative of late-stage capitalism in America. Weaving together the personal with the historical, imaginative, and political, Adam Tavel’s masterfully wrought poems empathize deeply with people in distress, be it turn of the century child laborers and almshouse residents, or his own family members and hard-working community college students. I can’t think of a book more appropriate for our current moment of political upheaval and economic crisis, or a better poet to lead us through it, with his unflinching eye, muscular language, and huge heart.Erika Meitner
Adam Tavel is the author of five books of poetry, including two forthcoming collections: Green Regalia (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2022) and Sum Ledger (Measure Press, 2022). His most recent book, Catafalque, won the Richard Wilbur Award (University of Evansville Press, 2018). His recent poems appear, or will soon appear, in North American Review, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Ninth Letter, The Massachusetts Review, Copper Nickel, and Western Humanities Review, among others. He is a professor of English at Wor-Wic Community College, where he also directs the Echoes & Visions Reading Series. You can find him online at http://adamtavel.com/ and on his Twitter.
You can also find his poem, “Our Lady of Crabapple Hill” in Issue 13.