Desire Path

Poems by Myrna Goodman, Maxine Silverman, Meredith Trede & Jennifer Wallace

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In his foreword to the book, Thomas Lux calls the poems

wry, irreverent, lush, musical, ambitious, technically complex, powerful and fearlessly sensual.

National Book Award Winner, Jean Valentine writes:

I admire the life force of Myrna Goodman’s poems, both in her customary witty high energy and in her occasional quieter energy.  I admire Maxine Silverman’s pensive, spirited, musical lines. I cherish the wisdom of Meredith Trede’s complex tracings of memory, of her unspoiled evocations of these haunting lives.  And I rest and wonder at Jennifer Wallace’s still, almost painted reflections.

Molly Peacock salutes the authors:

…their voices balanced, but utterly individual, in this dashing new concept for a book of poems authored by four hands.

Kate Knapp Johnson writes:

A masterful collection by four very distinct poets who manage to complement and complete each other with grace.  The book is rife with a kind of longing, a hopefulness of inquiry. . . . These are poems that attempt to hold both flesh and spirit together without denying the paradoxical, without overlooking the odd vocation of being human.


Myrna Goodman is an award winning ceramic artist.  Her clay constructions and poems are narrative responses to the complexities of language and life. Her poems have been published in Confrontation, The Cortland Review, Karamu and other literary journals and anthologies.  She frequently writes in her Westchester County garden where she also paints dead trees.

Maxine Silverman’s poetry and essays have been published in journals and anthologies, among them Pushcart Prize III, Natural Bridge, Nimrod, Heliotrope, Lilith, and as a chapbook, Survival Song.  She lives with her family in the Hudson River Valley where she is a Master Gardener and Congregation B’nei Yisrael’s psalmist-in-residence.  Her poems have been set to music by jazz composer Paulette Thompson.  She holds an MFA from the University of Oregon.

Meredith Trede lives in Sleepy Hollow, NY where she and her husband are partners in a management consulting business. She’s had poems published in numerous journals including The Paris Review, The Nebraska Review, West Branch, and The MacGuffin. Meredith has had residencies from the Saltonstall Foundation, Ragdale, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Virginia and France, a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Jennifer Wallace teaches at the Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD.  She is a poetry editor at The Cortland Review and is co-editor of the chapbook, Voices from Behind Bars.  Her collaborations include the exhibition, Subject to Change, with sculptor Linda Bills and Psalms of Water and Stone, with poet, Heidi Hart and composer, Richard Smith. Her poems and prose have been published in numerous literary journals.

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