Pam Rehm was born and raised in a German farming community in central Pennsylvania. Influenced by Emily Dickinson and Robert Creeley, Rehm composes spare, precise poems that explore the intersections between spirit and language, and humans and the natural world. In a review of her collection Small Works (2005) for Verse magazine, poet Jason Stumpf observed, “The mind within these poems enters and contemplates moments, meticulously separating from the daily, from the domain of the self, perhaps from the domain of the soul. For Rehm, abstractions such as memory and wonder have an almost personal presence and are, in places, literally embodied […]” As Rehm stated in her author’s note for her debut collection, The Garment in Which No One Had Slept (1993), “The poems are all experiments with form: all the dresses tried on. I was trying to feel through words in contrast to having a feeling and trying to describe it.”
Rehm is the author of numerous other poetry collections, including To Give It Up (1995), which was chosen by Barbara Guest for the National Poetry Series; Gone to Earth (2001); Small Works (2005); and The Larger Nature (2011). Her work has been featured in An Anthology of New (American) Poets (1998), The Best American Poetry (2002), and The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (2003). With Juliana Spahr, Mark Wallace, and Kristin Prevallet, she edited the anthology A Poetics of Criticism (1994).
Rehm was a founding editor of the now-defunct literary journal apex of the M. She lives with her family in New York City.
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