I've been a fan of Sarah Menefee's work since she was a student at New College, back in the ancient Duncan days. Since then she has taken her place as one of the living treasures of San Francisco, and now Italy, where her poems have been translated, published and disseminated, like petals in the Tuscan wind. "all the organs that supported it have liquefied/ to know it is so without knowing what it is/ has entered the pupa with its golden nails." Her careful, moving work dissolves the barrier between lyric gesture and political action. Sarah Menefee, poet and homeless activist, is the author of I'm Not Thousandfurs (Curbstone Press), The Blood About the Heart (Curbstone Press), and the new The Reamed Heart (Deliriodendron Press).

October 17, 1997