Marcia Pelletiere
A Crown of Hornets
(Spring 2019)
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A Crown of Hornets
(Spring 2019)
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A Crown of Hornets
(Spring 2019)

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Pelletiere’s poems convey a visceral sense of the poet’s harrowing recovery 

from brain injury after a car – truck accident that altered her experience of both body and language. 


PRAISE for A Crown of Hornets:


"Without self-pity, these poems chart the course of a wounded brain coming to life from injury. Each poem is a genuine straightforward account of this reckoning. Where is wellness and how does it feel? The whole person and the damaged person coexist, composing a series of elements — fear, sorrow, memory loss — but from all emerge strong clear writing that lives the only life it has, and does it meaningfully." - from 
March 2019 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri (Washington Independent Review of Books)


 “As the title turns sonnets into hornets, so these stunning poems brilliantly capture (and I believe for the first time) the interior experience of life and language ‘going Babel’ after the catastrophe of brain trauma. Somehow, ‘she listens /to the damage that she’s so long occupied,’ giving us the precious gift of insight into a soul once stranded in a broken world, her poetry an act of reclamation.” -- Eleanor Wilner, from Book Recommendations by Former Guest Editors (Ploughshares, Issue 139/Spring 2019)


"Marcia Pelletiere's work is nothing short of miraculous. In this breathtaking collection, she portrays the sudden terrifying loss, and arduous regaining, of her sense of self. The rhythm and music of her poems are transformative; we experience them on a visceral level, as if the words were not merely written to be read, but to be etched directly into our bodies and minds." - Helen Fremont


"This is a poet writing from the cliffs of herself: 'With my trampled mind/ I saw and weighed the thunder.' With uncommon precision, Marcia Pelletiere gives voice to what's been irrevocably altered while embodying not only what survives, but continues to save. In breathtaking, kaleidoscopic fashion, these poems detail a woman's new (a)symmetries after catastrophe. Pelletiere is writing in the wake of very specific circumstances, but who among us hasn't 'pleaded with the storm to stay/veiled and delicate inside my skin?' These poems makes me guard my throat, groan in recognition. What truth-gold she mines out of misfortune! 'I don't know what I knew,' she writes. Lucille Clifton once said, 'Even when the universe made it quite clear to me that I was mistaken in my certainties... I did not break. The shattering of my sureties did not shatter me.' How fortuitous to encounter this poet who also asserts, 'Some of us get so messed up/ we can't get back./ But I'm welded for heavy use again.'" - Kamilah Aisha Moon


"Marcia Pelletiere's astonishing new collection achieves a melding of form and content that is rare in our time. Working from autobiographical material, she has fashioned a poetic language that transmits both denotatively and metaphorically the peculiar linguistic and visual symptoms of traumatic brain injury. Endowed with a huge lexicon, and strengthened by a storehouse of dynamic syntax, Pelletiere's poems shimmer and shine even as they break us apart with their masterful evocations of woundedness, and the poet's determined search for wholeness after illness." - Kate Daniels



Without self-pity, these poems chart the course of a wounded brain coming to life from injury. Each poem is a genuine straightforward account of this reckoning. Where is wellness and how does it feel? The whole person and the damaged person coexist, composing a series of elements — fear, sorrow, memory loss — but from all emerge strong clear writing that lives the only life it has, and does it meaningfully.

Without self-pity, these poems chart the course of a wounded brain coming to life from injury. Each poem is a genuine straightforward account of this reckoning. Where is wellness and how does it feel? The whole person and the damaged person coexist, composing a series of elements — fear, sorrow, memory loss — but from all emerge strong clear writing that lives the only life it has, and does it meaningfully.

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SELECTED POEMS from A CROWN OF HORNETS:


"The Doctor Takes the Sailor's History" was commended in the 2018 Hippocrates Open Prize for Poetry and Medicine (April, 2018). The poem will be published in the 2018 Hippocrates Awards Anthology.
"Caroling at St. Vincents, 1986" appeared in A&U Magazine (January, 2018). To read the poem click here.
"The Meeting" appeared in Kaleidoscope (January, 2018).
"Prologue" and "The Alley" appeared in DMQ Review (Summer, 2017). To read the poems click here.
"The Doctor Takes the Sailor's History" was commended in the 2018 Hippocrates Open Prize for Poetry and Medicine (April, 2018). The poem will be published in the 2018 Hippocrates Awards Anthology.
"Caroling at St. Vincents, 1986" appeared in A&U Magazine (January, 2018). To read the poem click here.
"The Meeting" appeared in Kaleidoscope (January, 2018).
"Prologue" and "The Alley" appeared in DMQ Review (Summer, 2017). To read the poems click here.

"Prologue" and "The Alley" appeared in DMQ Review (Summer, 2017). To read the poems click here.


"Malady of Recognize"  was published in JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association (August, 2015). Read the poem here.
"The Doctor Takes the Sailor's History" was commended in the 2018 Hippocrates Open Prize for Poetry and Medicine (April, 2018). The poem will be published in the 2018 Hippocrates Awards Anthology.
"Caroling at St. Vincents, 1986" appeared in A&U Magazine (January, 2018). To read the poem click here.
"The Meeting" appeared in Kaleidoscope (January, 2018).
"Prologue" and "The Alley" appeared in DMQ Review (Summer, 2017). To read the poems click here.

"Mild Traumatic (MTBI)" appeared in Amygdala (July 2016). Read the poem here.

"Everyone Overboard" was in Touch: A Journal of Healing (Autumn/Winter 2016). Read the poem here.



Previous Poetry Collection:

Miracle with Roasted Hens
(Spit, Bite Press, 2011)

SELECTED POEMS IN JOURNALS:
"The Doctor Takes the Sailor's History" was commended in the 2018 Hippocrates Open Prize for Poetry and Medicine (April, 2018). The poem will be published in the 2018 Hippocrates Awards Anthology."Caroling at St. Vincents, 1986" appeared in A&U Magazine (January, 2018). To read the poem click here."The Meeting" appeared in Kaleidoscope (January, 2018)."Prologue" and "The Alley" appeared in DMQ Review (Summer, 2017). To read the poems click here."The Doctor Takes the Sailor's History" was commended in the 2018 Hippocrates Open Prize for Poetry and Medicine (April, 2018). The poem will be published in the 2018 Hippocrates Awards Anthology."Caroling at St. Vincents, 1986" appeared in A&U Magazine (January, 2018). To read the poem click here."The Meeting" appeared in Kaleidoscope (January, 2018)."Prologue" and "The Alley" appeared in DMQ Review (Summer, 2017). To read the poems click here.
"The Doctor Takes the Sailor's History" was commended in the 2018 Hippocrates Open Prize for Poetry and Medicine (April, 2018). The poem will be published in the 2018 Hippocrates Awards Anthology.
"The Meeting" appeared in Kaleidoscope (January, 2018).
"Prologue" and "The Alley" appeared in DMQ Review (Summer, 2017). To read the poems click here.
"Malady of Recognize"  was published in JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association (August, 2015). Read the poem here.
"The Doctor Takes the Sailor's History" was commended in the 2018 Hippocrates Open Prize for Poetry and Medicine (April, 2018). The poem will be published in the 2018 Hippocrates Awards Anthology."Caroling at St. Vincents, 1986" appeared in A&U Magazine (January, 2018). To read the poem click here."The Meeting" appeared in Kaleidoscope (January, 2018)."Prologue" and "The Alley" appeared in DMQ Review (Summer, 2017). To read the poems click here.
"Mild Traumatic (MTBI)" appeared in Amygdala (July 2016). Read the poem here.
"Everyone Overboard" was in Touch: A Journal of Healing (Autumn/Winter 2016). Read the poem here.
"Caroling at St. Vincents, 1986" appeared in A&U Magazine (January, 2018). Read the poem here
Additional poem:
"Caroling at St. Vincents, 1986" appeared in A&U Magazine (January, 2018). Read the poem here.

Earlier poems formed the core of Little Noises (Saf’lini Music, 2004), a 2-CD set of Marcia's poetry set to music by over 25 diverse musicians. Marcia holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College Program for Writers, and has received four Individual Writer’s Grants from Poets & Writers. Her poems have appeared in journals and magazines including Ploughshares, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA); Alaska Quarterly; Milkweed; Prairie Schooner; Southern Poetry Review; Painted Bride Quarterly; and the anthology Outsiders: Poems about Rebels, Exiles and Renegades.


Marcia's reading at the Sidewalk Cafe (Writer's Read Series) July 2015                                                             (photo by Silvere Boureau)