A number of poems from Archeology of Desire previously appeared in The Drunken Boat

For new poetry by Miriam

Miriam participated in our roundtable discussion on American Poetry in Spring 2000

Miriam is Founding Editor of Santa Fe Poetry Broadside


Archeology of Desire appears courtesy of Red Hen Press. All rights reserved.

$8.95, 56 pages
ISBN 9781888996326
Archeology of Desire may be ordered from Red Hen's website


At bn.com, a complete list of titles by Miriam Sagan

Archeology of Desire

Publisher's Note:

Praise for Archeology of Desire:
“Music in Sagan is both heard and unheard--the hidden 'orchestras' of nature always enrich, as do formal compositions by Bartok and Mahler. In a brief poem, Sagan's talent for telescoping the exalted and the mundane is very moving. She and her new husband listen to Mahler's Ninth on the kitchen radio, then decide to look up 'Romanticism' in the first husband's old Britannica. The concluding mundane image seems to enhance rapture: 'One toe has worn its way / Through your frugal sock.' To be memorable, transcendence must touch the sock and rock solid loam of human experience. Sagan's poetic voice is unique.”
Robert Peters


Miriam Sagan is the author of over a dozen books. Her poetry includes The Widow's Coat (Ahsahta Press, 1999), The Art of Love (La Alameda Press, 1994), Pocahontas Discovers America (Adastra, 1993), True Body (Parallax Press, 1991) and Aegean Doorway (Zephyr, 1984). Her novel is Coastal Lives (Center Press, 1991). With Sharon Niederman, she is the editor of New Mexico Poetry Renaissance (Red Crane, 1994. Winner of the Border Regional Library Association Award and Honorable Mention Benjamin Franklin Award), and with Joan Logghe of Another Desert: The Jewish Poetry of New Mexico (Sherman Asher, 1998) (See our review and our feature of Sherman Asher Press.) She and her late husband Robert Winson wrote Dirty Laundry: 100 Days in a Zen Monastery, a joint diary (La Alameda, 1997; New World Library, 1999). She is the author of Unbroken Line: Writing in the Lineage of Poetry (Sherman Asher, 1999) which Robert Creeley called A work of quiet compassion and great heart. She is also the author of four juvenile non-fiction books, and her work has appeared internationally in 200 magazines. Her non-fiction appears in The New Mexican, Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Magazine, The Santa Fean, Crosswinds, and Sage Magazine. She has taught writing at Santa Fe Community College, Taos Institute of the Arts, Aspen Writer's Conference, and around the country. She holds a B.A. with honors from Harvard University and a M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University. She has held residency grants at Yaddo and MacDowell and is a recipient of a grant from The Barbara Deming Foundation/Money for Women.