- "Startlingly original. . . . Marquette's beautiful and macabre images have the feel of a classic fairy tale."—Star Tribune
with no idea
what it means to worship—to adore.
You haven’t even learned it:
ecstasy and suffering?
make the same face.
—from “The Offering”
May Day introduces readers to a new poet of depth and power.
Gretchen Marquette reading from MAY DAY as part of the Green Roof Poetry Series, presented by the Walker Art Center
With Tarik Dobbs, Michael Kleber-Diggs, and Lara Mimosa Montes. Presented with Graywolf Press, Coffee House Press, Milkweed Editions, and Mizna. Free and open to the public. Book sales provided by Black Garnet Books beginning at 6:00 PM.
- “The poems [in May Day] plumb stories of lost love and anxiety, but each unearths glimpses of life’s wonder.”—Euan Kerr, MPR
- “May Day [is] one of the more moving debuts of poetry I’ve encountered in years. . . . These are poems of our time.”—The Brooklyn Rail
- “Lovely, dark, haunted, and haunting. . . . [Marquette’s] subjects . . . are so carefully handled, with such resolve and resignation. . . . Readers will remember this book.”—Publishers Weekly
- “Emotionally raw yet sensual poems plumb the depths of nature as well as the absence of loved ones.”—City Pages