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God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World Paperback – September 1, 2010
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Rebecca Foust won the 2008 Many Mountains Moving Press Poetry Book Prize for ALL THAT GORGEOUS PITILESS SONG. Her other books include GOD, SEED (Tebot Bach Press, 2010), environmental poetry with art by Lorna Stevens, and two chapbooks, Mom's Canoe and Dark Card (Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prizes, 2007 and 2008). Foust received her MFA from Warren Wilson College in 2010.
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Rebecca Foust is growing in reputation as a poet of significance, a seer who is unafraid to share the most personal moments of how she perceives her life and the world in verse so deceptively simple that even after the inevitable pause after reading her poems there still remains an imprint on the memory of how she speaks with such honesty and beauty:
Little life, blighted bud,
limbs unperturbed by
blue, translucent, still.
Here end those months
of waiting while I
nourished you, lying
on my left side, drinking
cisterns of water.
I stilled my fears, called
back my heart
from its full-moon howl
so you, little comma,
would not be afraid.
I willed my womb
to hold you close,
a cradle that became
your ferry across the dark river
before you saw light.
Lorna Stevens is also a tenderly gifted artist, using watercolor, charcoal rubbing, pencil and combinations of these to create her haiku-like images of the special things of the earth's garden and waters: poppies, fish fossils, fruit, feathers, birds in flight all are so simply stated that what is important is their essence. Poet and artist then, Foust and Stevens, have wedded thoughts and the desire to foster the earth in this book of great distinction. For example, in one their last shared moments in the book the poem below is, on the page opposite, illuminated by a delicate unfolding fern frond in a nascent green watercolor painting:
SPRING WILL COME
Spring will come despite the rain -
mothwing petals sift past quince,
blooming bare-branched beneath
the plumed plum Despite the rain,
despite the pain - or is if from,
or through? Prepositions don't matter
- spring will come.
At book's end the artists share resumes as well as descriptors for each of the art works in the book, acknowledging the equality between the two contributors. GOD, SEED is a gift - for those who love to connect with the earth's survival - for those who wish to offer such a special gift to friends, enduring. Highly Recommended on every level. Grady Harp, October 10
There is a deepness to this book of poetry and it evokes sadness, understanding and at times happiness. Emotions change from poem to poem and it makes one think about things which might not usually cross their mind. Good things can still come out of bad situations. The world does keep on spinning.
In this book of poetry there are many pictures which Lorna Stevens created. I loved them all in their own way. Some are quirky, some colourful and some black and white. One of my favourites goes with the poem `Last Bison Gone'. I can't put my finger on why I like it so much, I just do, it appeals to me. There is a description of each of the pictures at the back of the book and some also describe how Lorna created them. I found this very interesting and it added an extra appreciation for me. I think it is a wonderful touch to have these descriptions included.
A good collection of poems with fitting companions in the form of pictures, a great relationship between words and art, both producing emotions by themselves and when viewed as a whole.
Many thanks to Rebecca Foust for providing me with a copy of God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World - thanks, Rebecca!
The book also raises awareness to what man in his imperfect state has done and continues to do to nature and those who comprise it, whether with our need for advancement or our use of chemicals to destroy one thing so we can protect another.
I can't say it was the author's intention with the title to make us think of our own tiny existance in the world in relation to our Creator; but I am mindful of the fact that the world is so much bigger than we can fully understand. With that thought, we should always think of how our actions will affect the larger scheme of things as we go through life.
Written with passion and purpose, God,Seed is sure to be a favorite of anyone looking to fall in love with the gift that is life.