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Floodwater Paperback – 2014
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Throughout the book, Ms. Post uses the metaphor of a creaky old house (after years of deluge, no doubt) for the ravages of our own aging bodies and disquiet minds. In "Service Call at 4 p.m.," the poet is waiting for the man with the tool box to "help me lift these broken beams that look too much like my splintered bones" and opines that there is "no warm water left in this century."
Perhaps out of the necessity born of despair, the poems seem to ascend to a higher spiritual level, making the diluvian references that much more significant. In another aptly-titled poem, "Structurally Sound," the poet notes that "the floorboards are held together with daily acts of contrition," as if all that water will either drown us - or cleanse us.
Not all of these poems look inward. Ms. Post expands her metaphors to include the woes of the wider world (most notably, "To Iraq,", "Old Woman In My Room," and especially "Not Like the Rest," where the narrator does not want anyone "to come close enough to smell the blood I have walked upon.")
Connie Post, who was the first female poet laureate of Livermore, California, and has some fine credentials under her belt, is a skilled poet who knows that there is no need for poetic artifice when simple, accessible language can tell the story. Without any poetic gimmickry or contrivance, her plaintive voice reminds us that once the storm is over, there are glimmers of sun that can heal us.
Kudos to both Connie Post, and to her publisher, Glass Lyre Press, which, in their first year of existence, has been putting out some beautiful titles. "Floodwater" is certainly worth having on one's poetic shelf.