Sarah Wetzel, poet and engineer, is the author of Bathsheba Transatlantic, winner of the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. She holds an engineering degree from Georgia Tech and MBA from Berkeley. More importantly for her poetry, Sarah completed a MFA in Creative Writing at Bennington College in January 2009. Dividing time between Tel Aviv, Rome, and Manhattan, Sarah currently teaches literature at The American University of Rome. Samples of her writings can be found in many journals as well as www.sarahwetzel.com.
Sarah Wetzel’s stunning second collection of poems, River Electric with Light, is a work of pilgrimage, a work in search of the sacred and the spiritually significant. Touching down in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Kabul, New York, and Rome, Wetzel’s poems, ranging from lyric meditations to discursive drama, weave themselves from her life as wife, lover, stepmother, and traveler. She names the force propelling her River—“If I must choose a word for you, / let it be the word / for what flows,” she writes. At times joyful, at times grief-ridden, Wetzel’s poems accumulate associatively pulling slivers of secular solace from a world where violence infuses the body, the landscape, and even dreams, recognizing that while: “Our lives are always half over. / There’s still time.”