104 pages / $17.00
104 pages / $30.00
Whip-smart, funny, and intimate, What Have I to Say to You is Megan Levad’s much-anticipated second full-length poetry collection. Taking as its impetus the William Carlos Williams phrase “the stain of love is upon the world,” the book wanders through the ordinary world of lovers, sisters, high-school football, and agriculture in an unflinchingly interrogative voice. Levad is an intellectual and theorist to the core.
Selected as Tavern Books’ 2014 Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series poet, Levad is the author of Why We Live in the Dark Ages (Tavern Books, 2015). Her poems have appeared in journals such as Denver Quarterly, Fence, Mantis, and Tin House, among others, and in the Everyman’s Library anthology Killer Verse. She also writes lyrics for composers Tucker Fuller and Kristin Kuster. Her debut libretto Kept: A Ghost Story premiered at the Virginia Arts Festival in May 2017. Levad lives in San Francisco.
"This is a voice that would tell a lover only the harsh skinny about itself and the most terrible truth, not about our fascination with the selfie, but instead the polaroid. This is a smart love of everyone and nearly everything and it graciously leaves behind unforgettable minimal/maximal artifacts that are vivid songs, alive and formal. What a wonderful human accomplishment this book is."
— Norman Dubie