2016, 86 pages
Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow traces simultaneous trajectories on a map that takes shape in real time: relationships, conversations, dream worlds, daily minutiae, and natural phenomena shift against a vivid panorama, spanning subways, Pacific coastlines, and desert highways. Here, a horizon line is not merely a vista, but an urgent, incantatory text resonant with the textures of smoke curls, ant colonies, and stale gum. Together, these nautical odes, anti-pastoral narratives, philosophical inquiries, and epistolary postcards present a kaleidoscopic travelogue exploring human connection and self-determination.
Steffi Drewes is the author of the chapbooks Magnetic Forest, Cartography Askew, and History of Drawing Circles. Her work has also appeared in various journals, including 6x6, Zen Monster, The East Bay Review, Eleven Eleven, Monday Night, and the anthology It's night in San Francisco but its sunny in Oakland (Timeless, Infinite Light). She is the founder of Featherboard Writing Series and manages the Writer in Residence program at Aggregate Space Gallery in Oakland. Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow (Kelsey Street Press) is her first full-length publication.