It’s fitting to think about how I put order to Anything That Happens. Since its publication, my daily life has unraveled. I’m scattered, or is it that I’m feeling pulled in different directions. It’s summer. Post(?) pandemic. In my family sphere, there is a lot of movement and growth around me as I remain stationary. […]
Spring has sprung. Anything That Happens has been released into the wild to find its way on its own. The book will be fine–it was ready. And I was ready too.
After countless hours with the poems, it’s surreal that other people are reading them. A friend in the northeast sent me a picture of her reading spot by the fire. Another friend in the south sent a picture of her outside in the spring sunshine. I love these photos and I love love hearing what poems resonate with people. I’m left speechless when someone tells me how a poem made them feel, and I think that’s how I wanted you to feel!
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May 2021 | Issue #9
From the Editor’s Note: “I see a piece of art as a timestamp. With that in mind, the process of making art could look like working with a pan balance—before and after on either side of the fulcrum. The timestamp is a refined moment, a crisp reflection. And yet, the artist is never at rest, the scales in constant motion. The past, present, and future are in play.”
Festival of Books & Authors
What: Bookmarks 16th Annual Festival
When: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Host: Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC
Attend: In-person and Online
Details to come!
Anything That Happens
"[Anything That Happens is] a potent collection that invites readers to walk in Cheryl's shoes. And, it provides traction for assessing and moving beyond these poignant and powerful moments of quiet desperation." -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"The poems in Anything that Happens puzzle together the emotions of life, fitting words into sharp, emotive slivers that pierce a heart with empathy."—Independent Book Review
"Cheryl Wilder's poems are almost shatteringly direct: they explore guilt and suffering so cleanly and so precisely that every detail testifies, and mercy is ever possible. This is a brave and honorable book." —Nancy Eimers, author of Oz
"Anything That Happens is a mature poetic inquiry into the ways early trauma can reverberate through the whole of a life—relationships, family, one’s sense of self. The poems are candid, sharp-edged and very well rendered. You can taste “the bone in the broth” here as Wilder works through the maze of emotion. In the end, we witness change and redemption, but the psychic weight remains. As she aptly describes it: 'I am two people now— // the before and the after; one I’ve already forgotten, // the other I have not met.'”—Mark Cox, author of Readiness: Prose Poems
"I don't know that I have ever heard of a book of poetry being called a page-turner, but I opened it when it arrived in the mail, expecting to just take a quick peek and read the rest as I had more time, and ended up sitting down and devouring it. Just gorgeous." —Goodreads Review
On Tuesday, March 23rd, I celebrated Anything That Happens with a virtual book launch. (Watch it here.) There were thoughtful, engaging questions from the audience. Due to time constraints, some questions weren’t addressed or didn’t receive thorough answers. For the next handful of blog posts, I’m going to answer these questions in more detail. What […]
When we want to heal after tragedy, we look for answers. Answers aren’t easy—if there are answers at all. People reassured me a car crash wasn’t my fault, even though I was behind the wheel drunk, because it was an “accident.” “Accident” was their answer, and it seemed to provide closure. The word “accident” made […]