BRIDGING WRITERS AUTHOR SERIES PRESENTS
National Poetry Month
Monday, April 3, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Thayer Memorial Library
Christian Reifsteck – Turning Turf
In Turning Turf, poet and photographer, Christian Reifsteck, considers themes of decay, rupture, and sacrilege, suturing, healing, and grace within the framework of the Irish practice of harvesting turf. In Ireland, harvesting turf has traditionally involved cutting sod from the bog, laying it out to dry and turning it periodically, and then burning it for fuel. The poems and photographs in this impassioned collection guide the reader into the depths of life and soul to cut, turn, dry, and eventually burn the turf contained deep within us.
Christian Reifsteck’s work has appeared in numerous journals both online and in print. He holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Vermont and teaches in Massachusetts. Turning Turf is his first book.