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Dr. Lowery to Publish Poem in Houston Poetry Anthology
9/27/2011
A poem by Dr. Janet Lowery, professor of English, was selected to be published in Mutabilis Press' Improbable Blue: an Anthology of Texas and Louisiana Poets, edited by Martha Serpas.

Lowery said her poem, “How Everything Stands in Place,” was written in Spring 2011 and was inspired in part by Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.”

“The poem is about an observation I made in the last moments before getting ready to fall asleep,” she said. “I was looking around my room in the partial light cast through my drapes when I was struck by a line by Walt Whitman from his poem ‘Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.’ The poem shows appreciation for beauty in the material world.

“I’m very honored and pleased to be included in this fine anthology,” she said. “My poem was written in response to a call for submissions from Mutabilis Press dealing with finding spiritual sustenance in the busy world we live in. In the line from ‘Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,’ Whitman refers to the objects in our world as ‘dumb, beautiful ministers,’ the idea being that the things on the material plane minister or mediate between the divine and the mortal.”

Lowery joined the faculty of the University of St. Thomas in 1990 after teaching at Binghamton University in upstate New York. Her poetry has been published in literary reviews such as Poetry East, Greensboro Review, Javelin Concho River Review, Endless Mountains Review, Fideles (Canada), Trois (Canada), Hairst (England), California Quarterly, MSS, New Myths, Carpe Articulum, Pennsylvania English, 13th Moon, and elsewhere. Her poetry has also appeared in several anthologies including Women’s Blood (Continuing Saga Press), Texas in Poetry: A 150 Year Anthology (University of North Texas press), Texas in Poetry 2 (TCU Press), and the twentieth-year Poetry East anthology Who Are the Rich and Where Do They Live?

A chapbook of her poetry, Thin Dimes, was published by Wings Press in the early 1990s and recently reprinted. Her collection of poetry based on women from Greek mythology called Traffic in Women was published in 2008 by Odonata House; the trilogy of plays TRAFFIC IN WOMEN I, II, III was produced 2006-2008 in Jones Auditorium Theater on the UST campus. She is currently completing a manuscript of translations from the Spanish of Miguel de Unamuno. Four of her translations appeared in the 2010 issue of Fedeles.

A poem of hers, “Those Terrifying Angels,” appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of Carpe Articulum, and another poem “Where Our Mother Died,” is forthcoming from Poetry East.

Mutabilis Press is a nonprofit literary press devoted to publishing poetry, especially the work of poets living in the greater Houston area.

The anthology is expected to be available in early December at www.mutabilispress.org.

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