Saturday September 14
“Unhinged,” a finalist in the Blue Light Press 2018 chapbook contest, is a study in sorrow and loss. It’s a sorrow that longs “to lasso… life to a more merciful anchor,” as Sharon Charde says in “Rome Again,”. She writes of the protracted grief over her son’s death, the complicated experience of a long marriage, aging, and the need to accept things as they are, not as we wish they would be. That acceptance informs the book’s theme; by its end we are able to see an arc from the depth of loss, to peace with the dowry that loss has offered.
Sharon Charde is a poet, family therapist, a writing teacher to girls in a residential treatment facility, a minimally competent carpenter and devoted yoga practitioner. She has been married for fifty-five years to the same man. Her life as wife, mother and grandmother informs her poems and a memoir currently in progress. She has been published in literary journals, including “Poet Lore”, “Upstreet”, “Rattle”, “Calyx” and “Ping Pong”, and has one full-length poetry collection, “Branch In His Hand”. “Four Trees From Ponte Sisto”, an hour-long radio drama shaped from her poems was broadcast by the BBC in 2012. She currently teaches women’s writing retreats. Charde has been awarded fellowships to Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center For The Creative Arts and Vermont Studio Center.