Published August 15, 2017, Talking to the Night is the first book of poetry by Susan Meehan, winner of the DC Poet Project.
“This chapbook is filled with many big surprises… The love poems in Talking to the Night are filled with tenderness as if they were flowers letting go of petals. Meehan has learned the tongue of birds. Her poems speak of wings to come.” — E. Ethelbert Miller, Editor, Poet Lore
“Susan Meehan brings the same passionate commitment to her poems as she has to her life as an activist. Talking to the Night is populated with works that grab your attention with their clarity and fierce honesty… her poems’ authoritative power will fill your spirit.” —Terence Winch
“These poems gaze into life’s sighs and pauses, with the courage to hold the pain close… These poems make you wish she lived next door. If we listen carefully to Meehan’s beautiful poems, they will make every day, even our last day, a very good day.” —Joseph Ross, author of Ache, Gospel of Dust, and Meeting Bone Man
“Susan Meehan’s ‘Talking to the Night’ is bursting at the seams with decades of braided memories…. It’s not nostalgia. Rather, Meehan gives us honest-to-goodness time travel through tablecloths, alleys, and blood. Meehan’s work is endless satisfying with its steady refrains and burgundy hues. The curve at the end of the road always catching you by surprise.“— Danielle Evennou
The cover image is by conservation photographer Jim Dougherty.
The DC Poet Project is produced by Day Eight through support from the DC Commission on the Arts, LISC DC, and through the support of participating poets and partners, including the DC Public Library, Upshur Street Books, American Poetry Museum, and BRINK media and poets Gregory Luce, Elizabeth Ashe, Abdul Ali, Ethelbert Miller, Melanie Figg, Joseph Ross, and Danielle Evennou.