--John Fox, author of Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making and Founder of The Institute for Poetic Medicine
This delightful collection spans nearly 70 years of the poet's experience tasting apples in the Garden of her life, beginning with her earliest memories as a child of three and ending with observations about grandchildren. As good poetry should, these poems evoke insights about ourselves and the light and dark world of which we are all apple-biting by-products.
--Margaret Van Every, author of A Pillow Stuffed with Diamonds (2011) and Saying Her Name (2012)
In this coming of age and beyond book, Greensfelder writes with humor and charm. Federico Garcia Lorca said the essence of poetry was in "el vulnerado." Biting the Apple reveals this vulnerability from the child who faces life's pain to the adult who finds survival skills. Biting the Apple is a delightful and moving verse memoir.
--Glenna Luschei, Past Poet Laureate San Luis Obispo, Editor & Publisher of Solo Press
With subtleties of dark and light, Greensfelder's poems tell a universal story about the choices that women make. She pauses on the in-between moments and explores what they may hold, how they might offer up a chance to define something in the essence of what's moving around them. Yet, above all, she tells the story of a woman who chose, early on, to taste the forbidden fruit. And she found flavor there.
--Ellee Prince, Alimentum, The Literature of Food