Welcome To Audrey Streetman's Site
The poems in Audrey Streetman’s Deep Calls to Deep invite, sometimes challenge, readers to enjoy with the poet a life observant of the great and the small – the pleasures, joys, and griefs of a life deeply felt and fondly remembered and lived. In the conclusion to “Falling,” the poet prays, “Save me from the page,” while readers may add, but save these pages for us. The beauty of Streetman’s work is often delicate, filigreed, and the depth of sensibility and the talent that makes these poems possible can be described as strong and tensile. Read Deep Calls to Deep and be rewarded with much to treasure.
2001 - 2003
If the poet’s home place is in a cave beneath the sea, as Shelley suggested, then Audrey Streetman’s poems emerge from the deep realm of Self, where memory resides. In “What Pebbles Say,” the reminds us that “We share wisdom from deep places/Time is of no account.” Reminiscent of Madeline L’Engles’s meditations, especially in the Mary poems, Deep Calls to Deep invites readers to savor, reprise, and lose track of ordinary time.
Oklahoma Book Award in Poetry
The memoir, whose first chapter was published in the 2009 edition of Crosstimbers, is about growing up poor in Texas with a mother who attempted suicide on Easter Sunday when Audrey was eight years of age. Although Audrey grew up, married and moved around the country with her husband and three children, always in the back of her mind was the fear that she would be like her mother.
Divorced at the age of thirty-three, her mother's death forces Audrey to come to terms with her childhood trauma.
The book chronicles not only her psychological and spiritual journey, but her professional life as well.