The Bride Minaret

October 12, 2008

Heather Derr-Smith’s second collection journeys to the rough core of desire, creating and destroying binaries along the way. Familiar artifacts of domesticity become as volatile as land mines, and the streets of Damascus, Calcutta, and other faraway locales obliterate the American landscape. Yet Derr-Smith’s poetry transcends time and place, illuminating the ties that baind man to woman, mother to child. The Bride Minaret is a relentless chronicle of experience, where the sacred and profane become interchangeable, where “Every tent has a name, and every name is the breath of you.”

Heather Derr-Smith was born in Dallas, Texas in 1971. She spent most of her childhood in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She earned her BA in Art History from the University of Virginia and went on to earn her MFA in poetry writing from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her poems have appeared in Fence, Margie, New York Quarterly, and TriQuarterly. Her first book of poems, Each End of the World (2005), was about the war in Bosnia in the 1990’s.