Joanne Zarrillo Cherefko, A Consecration of the Wind
Join BookTowne in welcoming poet Joanne Zarrillo Cherefko to the Brielle Library this May!
Date: Thursday May 16th
Time: 6 PM
Location: Brielle Library
"Joanne Cherefko makes a visceral, emotional connection with her readers. Her blistering and brilliant poems are filled with a lush bleakness that is both moving and universal."
- Rich Follett, author of Silence, Inhabited, Responsorials, and Human &c.
Joanne Cherefko’s debut collection, A Consecration of the Wind, charts the poet’s tentative journey from loss and isolation to salvation through love. She deftly weaves startling imagery of inner and outer landscapes, divided selves, and a vulnerability that permeates the collection.
Her most complex poems embrace the surreal atmosphere of sleepless nights as a motherless daughter swirled "in a raptureless cocoon" of angst and despair as she attempts renewal "in waters stagnant with resolve."
Other poems provide a narrative of her life as a single woman navigating the pitfalls of dating (”Trolling at the Jersey Shore") and finding love, despite "How dark and blue/And unpredictable/Her waterways were/And how susceptible they were/To lightning and hail."
About the Author:
A New Jersey native now living in Virginia, Joanne Cherefko, author of A Consecration of the Wind, honed her skill as a poet in college and created her most complex poetry following the death of her mother. Her earlier poems are lyrical and expressionistic, while her more recent poetry is narrative in style.
After retiring from her position as Assistant Superintendent in the Wall township Public Schools, Joanne retired to Browntown, Virginia, where she served on the Warren County School Board, the task force that developed the regional Mountain Vista Governor’s School, several boards of the Governor’s School, and the Warren County Educational Endowment. She is currently a visiting poet and poetry teacher at three high schools in her region of Virginia, and on May 11, she is to be presented a Medallion of Recognition from Lord Fairfax Community College for her service to teachers and students in the region.
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