It is a pleasure for us at Women’s Voices for Change to raise a glass to you, our beloved and respected readers.  You inspire us, push us, support us, and keep us honest.  You join with us in upholding our belief that there is no expiration date on vitality, and you deserve the best—particularly the best possible outlook for 2014. 

Today’s toast comes to you from Sarah Gorham, to whom we offer a toast of congratulations. This past year, Sarabande Books, Inc., founded by Sarag and her husband, Jeffrey Skinner, was awarded the inaugural Association of Writers and Writing Programs Small Press Publishers Award, for excellence as a nonprofit literary publisher.  The last line of “The Champagne Flute,” published a decade ago, seems to have anticipated this moment.

Cheers!

 

The Champagne Flute

makes us believe
emotion eludes form,
optimism reigns.
If there were words
inside these bubbles
they would read
Gosh, Wow, My
My, What a
Sight.
            The caterer
reveres its design. She
rolls her napkins tight,
plants toothpick chairs
so the fidgety guests
screech to their feet.
Then to the drink—

(the wide-mouth,
hourglass version
kills carbonation.
Enthusiasm fizzles—).

But harnessed,
champagne squeezed
inside a clarinet throat,
and you’ve caught light in the act
of dawning.  We are for something, yes!
To the New Year!  To Sarah and Jeff!  The Revolution!

 

“The Champagne Flute,” from Cure, by Sarah Gorham  (c) 2003. Reprinted with permission of Four Way Books. All rights reserved.

 

Gorham_photo_bwSarah Gorham is the author of four collections of poetry: Bad Daughter (2011), The Cure (2003), The Tension Zone (1996), which won the 1994 Four Way Books Award in Poetry, judged by Heather McHugh, and Don’t Go Back to Sleep (1989). Most recently, Bernard Cooper selected her essay collectionStudy in Perfect for the 2013 AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction. It will be published in fall, 2014 by University of Georgia Press. She also co-edited the anthology Last Call: Poems on Alcoholism, Addiction, and Deliverance, with Jeffrey Skinner. Gorham’s poems have been published widely in Best American Poetry, Poetry, The Nation, American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, and other magazines. Her essays have appeared in The Iowa Review, AGNI, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, Arts & Letters, Real Simple, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a poetry fellowship from the NEA and grants from the Kentucky, Delaware, and Connecticut Arts Councils. Gorham cofounded Sarabande Books, where she serves as President and Editor-in-Chief.