Miriam Sagan


Rag Trade


April 2004

104 pages

6 x 9 inches

1-888809-42-6 $14.00



One of New Mexico’s finest contemporary poets, Miriam Sagan has consistently explored emotional clarity and compassion within life’s myriad interactions. In her new book, Rag Trade, she presents poems of borders—between nations and cultures, in history and the imagination. Crossing borders braids lives. Fabric serves as metaphor throughou these poems,, whether the ikats of the Silk Road, prayer flags of Tibet, Rio Grande rug weaving, the garment industry of New Jersey, or Jewish ritual coverings. War, travel, immigration, and trade bring together people and ideas that don't necessarily belong together but which lead to new connections and social dynamics. Rag Trade also includes poems on women artists,such as Southwestern architect Mary Jane Colter and the painter Emily Carr, which reveal the unforeseen but entwining influences on personal history.

Miriam Sagan is author of than a dozen books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. She has held residency grants at Yaddo and MacDowell and is the recipient of a grant from the Barbara Deming Foundation. Her most recent books include a memoir Searching for a Mustard Seed (Quality Words in Print, 2003) and poetry Archeology of Desire (Red Hen, 2001); The Widow’s Coat (Ahsahta Press, 1999); and The Art of Love, (La Alameda Press, 1994). She is also the author of Dirty Laundry: 100 Days in a Zen Monastery, (New World Library, 1999); Unbroken Line: Writing in the Lineage of Poetry (Sherman Asher, 1999); co-editor with Joan Logghe of Another Desert: the Jewish Poetry of New Mexico (Sherman Asher, 1998); and co-editor with Sharon Niederman of New Mexico Poetry Renaissance (Red Crane, 1994). Sagan is the poetry columnist for Writer's Digest and editor of the e-zine Santa Fe Poetry Broadside. (sfpoetry.org) She teaches on line for UCLA-Extension, Santa Fe Community College, and writers.com.

Other books by Miriam Sagan published by La Alameda Press

The Art of Love

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