what it regards. "
-Jane Hirshfield, in Nine Gates
Until you make one thousand
of a form, the potter warned,
you will not truly understand it.
He strode from student
to student smashing down
imperfect cylinders they'd pleaded
upward out of mud.
Think of this in yoga class, aching up
into the seven-hundredth downward
facing dog, still comprehending only clumsiness.
Think of this in the marriage bed
with your new husband. Pray you both live
long enough to make the one thousandth reprise.
Think of the ash tree, bringing forth
new thousands of leaves in perfection
each spring: tossing them lightly
away in fall.
Think of writing one thousand
sonnets, one thousand sestinas, one
Think of relinquishing
hope of understanding
A business writer and editor from Cullowhee, N.C., Cabanis-Brewin
writes for a variety of publications on business topics, and
has been co-editor or co-author of several award-winning business
books. Her poetry has been published in The Nomad,
the Atlanta Review, and Appalachian Heritage,
as well as on the North Carolina Arts Council’s Web
site. Cabanis-Brewin’s work has also appeared in the
anthologies Tree Magic (SunShine Press, 2004), The
Gift of Experience (Atlanta Review, 2005), Immigration,
Emigration, Diversity (Chapel Hill Press, 2005), and
in the forthcoming anthology The Moveable Nest (Helicon
Nine Press, 2007), edited by Marilyn Kallet and North Carolina
Poet Laureate Kathyrn Stripling Byer. She was a finalist in
the Atlanta Review's poetry competition in 2000 and 2005,
and in the 2000 Greensboro Awards.
Patriate is Cabanis-Brewin’s
love letter to her home ground: a presently unspoiled mountain
cove in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The outside world—in
the form of rapacious developers, world politics, and other
aspects of the larger community—is present in the poems
but always less important than the relationship she feels
to the ecosystem of Blackbird Branch.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts
in English with a professional writing concentration, and
graduated Summa Cum Laude from Western Carolina University.
She has studied poetry in seminars and master classes with
a number of poets, notably Kathyrn Stripling Byer, Cathy Smith
Bowers, B.H. Fairchild, Jane Hirshfield, and R.T. Smith.
“At once wild and disciplined,
[Cabanis-Brewin] is a trustworthy guide ‘around the
weedrank barnyard,’ ‘into the tunnel of rhododendron’
and beyond ‘the dark iris of the mind.’ You come
—R.T. Smith, editor of
Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review