Finalist in Poetry: 1995 Western States Arts
Federations Book Awards
in Bed with
the Same Man
6 x 8 inches
This book is of eternal pertinent interesttenacity
in the days of tenuous lovelife. Long term relationship is a subject
we dont hear much of anymore. Who has even made it thus far to
be able to write about it realistically and eloquently? The fifty poems
in the collection move from the earliest Taking Vows through
the challenges of The Middles into a section about not committing
adultery and into the powerfully affirming Reaching Across.
Finally there shines the sense of a voluptuous bond. These are not domestic
elegies, but fierce and tender documents about what it truly takes to
go the long haul. They possess a spiritual electricity gained from seeing
clearly into the depths of love, something akin to the wild-eyed, erotic
songs of Indias rebel saint Mirabai.
A collection of marriage poems written over
the criss & cross of a long marriagefeel the knife-edge witness
of desire, the hard grip and caress of affection transformed by the
everyday clarity of relationship. Move from the impossible into the
possible into the trembling rose connected to the solar plexus. Yes,
one can either cling to nothing or dance, rave and marvel.
Peer through that veil of destinies where partners watch each other
eat breakfast. Who hasnt touched these thoughts in the practice
of love? Dear reader there will never be a map, one simply wakes
up to a new mornings light.
These are the first love poems that ever made me want to write
love poems. Their splendid power is contagious! Joan Logghe has given
us a passionate, fragrant feast, a vast embrace. I love the wacky, wise
humor of these poems best of all.
Naomi Shihab Nye
Much of this sprightly collection deals with marriage, which Logghe
views with wit, philosophy, and a dash of irreverence
knows whereof she speaks, and she makes us feel the emotional roads
that she has traveled.
These are poems of passion and anger, love and hate, understanding
and misunderstanding, defiance and resolution all strung along the time
line of an enduring marriage. Logghe has done more than hang her marital
laundry out for everybody to see. She has touched it all with poetry
in abundance and variety and with a generous heart to give it a life
of its own.
Walter Howerton Jr
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Joan Logghe has been
an active part of New Mexicos poetry renaissance for many years.
She has been poetry editor for MOTHERING Magazine and received a National
Endowment for the Arts in poetry. Her readings have taken her to Berkeley,
Pittsburgh, Chicago, Vancouver, Tellurides Talking Gourd and the
Taos Poetry Circus. She is author of What Makes a Woman Beautiful, (Pennywhistle,
Santa Fe, 1993), Sofia, La Alameda, Albuquerque, 2000). Work with the
Santa Fe AIDS community has led her to form WRITE ACTION, a group of
writers involved with AIDS activisms. Out of this work Logghe edited
a collection, Catch Our Breath: Writing from the Heart of AIDS, Mariposa,
Santa Fe, 1996. Besides ongoing workshops in Santa Fe, she has taught
workshops at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu and Hollyhock on Cortes Island,
B.C., Canada. Joan Logghe lives in La Puebla, New Mexico, where she
is involved in community politics. She and her husband and live in the
solar house they built themselves. Their three children still like to