A portrait miniature of the south including the estuaries and rivers of the Chesapeake Bay. The poems of The Oyster Garden evoke pine and pecan trees, the freshwaters of the Blue Ridge Hills, evoke the Rappahannock River and the wild cherry trees that hang over its banks. Conjure lightning-season burns that promote growth of fire-adapted native plants in the Wiregrass region of Alabama.
The collection is timely. Greenhouse gases driving climate change threaten both ecosystems. Not long ago, oysters of the Chesapeake Bay region were nearly decimated by increased algae resulting from warming oceans. Though recovery efforts recently brought a resurgence of crassostrea virginica oysters, this progress has been imperiled with huge cuts to the EPA’s program that funds Bay efforts.
My name is Cesca Waterfield and I am a writer whose short fiction and poetry are published in journals and magazines. My journalism has been featured widely in major daily, weekly, and glossy publications. I earned my MFA Creative Writing and MA English Literature from McNeese State University. Visit my extended portfolio. Watch me play original music. Listen to my songs. Stream my music on Spotify. As a musician, I proudly use Morley pedals when I play, and they are integral to performances.
Savannah Morning News
Palm Beach Post
Style Weekly, Richmond, VA