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Summer J. Hart


Summer J. Hart

Summer J. Hart

Summer J. Hart is an interdisciplinary artist and writer from Maine living in the Hudson Valley, New York. She is a member of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation. Her written and visual narratives are influenced by folklore, superstition, divination, and forgotten territories reclaimed by nature. Summer is the author of Boomhouse (2023, The 3rd Thing Press). She is the MacDowell 2022 Helen Ingram Plummer Fellow. Her poetry can be found in Bedfellows, Heavy Feather Review, The Massachusetts ReviewNorthern New England Review, Waxwing, and elsewhere. Her mixed-media installations have been featured in shows and galleries including SPRING/BREAK, NYC; Pen + Brush, NYC; Gitana Rosa Gallery at Paterson Art Factory, Paterson, NJ; LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA; and The Parsonage Gallery, Searsport, ME.

About Their Work:

Summer's poems in Boomhouse are spells for conjuring memory that extends beyond the personal, the individual, even the familial. These aren't just telling stories. That is to say these vignettes and ritual re-countings fumigated with all sort of memento mori -- rosary beads, ash trays, eagle's feathers, jars of maraschino cherries, necklaces of toes bones, the cackle of crows --  like an apothecary's jarred inventory of ingredient for ceremony, lead us into a remembered landscape in which we are viscerally present, and present us a primordial world magically alive inside and out, in which memory becomes a site for healing wounds bigger than our selves.

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