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Biting the Apple Paperback – December 5, 2012
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Get ready! Get ready to experience how poems linking surprise to feeling fire-up your own creative synapses. These poems possess a crisp, bright, wetness - a delicious sense of Eros. Greensfelder's poems are exactly what one wants and expects when biting the apple, when living this whole life.
--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
About the Author
Jeanie Greensfelder grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. A psychologist, she seeks to understand herself and others on this shared journey, filled, as Joseph Campbell wrote, with sorrowful joys and joyful sorrows. Now living on the central coast of California with her husband Andy, she writes poetry.
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When the poet was three years old she recalls her mother saying, "She's shy." Now the narrator asks herself who was that little girl who hid behind her mother's skirt?
WHO I AM?"
She may not know yet who she is, but her thoughts are already biting into the apple that is her world.
"AT DAYBREAK IN THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS
I SAW MY FIRST FALLEN CLOUD-- MOTHER
CALLED IT FOG, BUT IT LOOKED LIKE HEAVEN
HAD DROPPED DOWN TO LOOK AROUND."
She embarks...first one step, then another...
"I DID NOT KNOW THEN
THAT LIFE HOLDS OUT ITS ARMS
AND STARTING WITH A THREAD
I WIND BALL AFTER BALL,
CHOICES AND OUTCOMES,
THAT KNIT MY STORY."
If only, she says to herself, if only it were easier.
"AH, TO HAVE MY SHADOW'S SKILL
TO NOT GET RUN OVER BY LIFE,
TO FLOW OVER OBSTACLES,
AND KEEP ON WALKING."
Instead life gets harder...
"TO PRACTICE FEAR, THEN RELIEF,
NOT LIKE MY BURST APPENDIX,
NOT LIKE MY BROTHER DROPPING DEAD,
NOT LIKE WHEN MY LIFE CRASHES IN ON ME."
Practice, practice, then...
"ON THIS VOYAGE, BREATHING SWEET AIR,
I RUN WITH A BUTTERFLY NET,
CATCHING AND CATALOGING MOMENTS,
RISKING LOVING LIFE TO DEATH."
Her voyage continues now on smoother seas. The little girl who hid behind her mother's skirt has come ouf of darkness into the light.
"I HOLD THE CORE OF MY APPLE
AND NIBBLE SLOWLY."