From the Inside Flap
In this brimming collection Diane Lockward's considerable wit engages both what is askew and awry and what to a lesser eye might seem to be standing up straight. She never takes you where you expect to go--that is part of her talent and her sassy wisdom. She is an original and a delight.
What Feeds Us is sometimes humorous and sometimes heartbreaking. Diane Lockward's language is both plain-spoken and rich, lush. This is a wonderful book that might not nourish your body but certainly will nourish your heart.
In these sparkling poems, Diane Lockward takes life as it comes and finds nourishment in it all: succulence of the peach, redolence of the pear, the "green grape of sorrow." I love these poems for their craft, sensuality and energy. Like high-wire acts of language and imagination, they almost leap in the air and come down again on the wire, balancing between witty and dark, personal and invented, idea and emotion.
About the Author
is the author of two previous collections, Eve's Red Dress
(Wind Publications, 2003) and a chapbook, Against Perfection
(Poets Forum Press, 1998). Her poems have been published in several anthologies, including Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website
and Garrison Keillor's Good Poems for Hard Times.
Her poems have appeared in such journals as The Beloit Poetry Journal, Spoon River Poetry Review, Ascent, Poet Lore, Fulcrum,
and Prairie Schooner.
Her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily
and Verse Daily,
and read by Garrison Keillor on NPR's The Writer's Almanac.