Poem of the Week: “Sasturgi: Wind-Sculpted Snow” by Gray Jacobik

By: Edward Byrne Last Updated: January 19, 2010

The VPR Poem of the Week is Gray Jacobik’s “Sasturgi: Wind-Sculpted Snow,” which appeared in the Spring/Summer 2004 issue (Volume V, Number 2) of Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Gray Jacobik’s poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, American Literary Review, Kenyon Review, North American Review, Ontario Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Southern Humanities Review, Sycamore Review, and many other journals, as well as in two editions of the annual Best American Poetry anthologies. Her first book, The Double Task (University of Massachusetts Press, 1998), received the Juniper Prize. The Surface of Last Scattering (Texas Review Press, 1999) was a winner of the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. A third collection, Brave Disguises (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002), won the AWP Poetry Series Award.

She edited Fullest Tide: Poems of Ann Silsbee (Custom Words, 2006), a posthumous collection. Jacobik also contributed a review of Ann Silsbee’s Orioling in the Spring/Summer 2004 issue of Valparaiso Poetry Review. She has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing. Gray Jacobik is Professor Emeritus of the English department at Eastern Connecticut State University.

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