Just Buffalo teaching artist SHERRY ROBBINS has conducted creative writing workshops throughout New York State and abroad for more than 30 years and works with hundreds of students each year. She has a Masters in the poetics of ecstasy and two books of poetry, Snapshots of Paradise and Or, the Whale. Sherry ran her own letterpress for years, is a certified yoga teacher, and a multi-year panelist for the NEA’s Art Works program.
“Sherry Robbins, ubiquitous sailor at voyage in the allegorical myth of and in her life, explores her journey, the wovenings of woman currents, root drinker and her map of heaven. She is her life of adored poetry and summoning her poetry is here a balance of all the corners.”
“‘We’ll sail / widdershins / and keep the cauldron / hot. Blubber / and apple chowder, / a mother-daughter banquet.’ So, in the title poem, Sherry Robbins focuses her rendering of Moby-Dick. Her female Ishmael moves counter to Melville’s as she voyages deeply: ‘We know almost everything / worth knowing, / for the womb / is our Yale College and our Harvard.’ Facing squarely her deepest fears, Robbins probes the inland sea of her body and of her city, builds upon the mother-daughter bond, and forces life’s boundaries out . . . At once a tribute to Melville and a vision of woman in our world, this sublime book . . . gives birth to Robbins’s grand hooded phantom….”