This chapter is an excerpt from A Woven World. Set in Paris and Lyon, it tracks my journey in search of my great-grandmother who was a dressmaker for Empress Eugenie in France’s “Second Empire” and my celebration of makers.
An excerpt from A WOVEN WORLD, this chapter was inspired by the magnificent Yves Saint Laurent “sardine dress” exhibited at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
“Made from black silk crepe, its surface is covered with an imbrication of black and pewter beads, the fish scale motif created with blue, gray, black, brown, silver, and opalescent gelatin sequins. The colors are so subtle that they bleed into one shimmer like the disappearing light a herring casts as it darts through the water.”
My poems “The Bog” and “Views of Nature” join in the company with a marvel of other writers
including Kevin Young, Rita Dove, Craig Santos Perez, and David St. John.
“Letter to 2050” published in January 2021 issue of Scientific American in the Meter feature curated by Dava Sobel. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/poem-letter-to-2050/
Tune in to our December 3, 2020 conversation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAW5UhKu9Hg
Adam and I talk discuss my forthcoming book A Woven World, fishermen, women forgotten in history, how and why I keep journals, and more.