- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 29, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1544113536
- ISBN-13: 978-1544113531
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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#2,424,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #4123 in Poetry by Women
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Homesick, then Paperback – August 29, 2017
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embodied in a home. Why do we long for it? Jules Nyquist draws us through viewpoints of parents, places, letters,
each one allowing discoveries and rendered in clear, heart-felt language. A map, a few photos, some prose and many fine poems frame the stories the author uncovers and shares. "One can scarcely question tears"-- Jim Harrison, is the epigram for the poem "I Was Born Without Grandmothers". You will want to read the poem to see how the title spreads as wide as
the Mississippi, to make truth surface. In "Foster Grandma, Neighbor" you follow the thread from sewing machine to the clothes it created, ending with the authors wedding dress... and how easily threads are broken.
I love that another epigram of "Lunar Eclipse" which quotes Goethe (The highest goal that humans can achieve is amazement we arrive
at) is followed by the poem, "I sleep in Red Sheets". This is not about amazement, but the revelation of an unbelievable fact.
The arc of the book includes the hard stages of caring for the one who once cared for you, the discovery of the author's current husband, the power of poetry. I liked the way each poem allowed me to see another human being dealing with the universals of being human.
I am a big fan of narrative poems and envied the vividness and structure of your poems like " I was Born Without Grandmothers", and " Flesh", and most of all "I Sleep on Red Sheets." Written so tightly, never a word or imagine wasted, the reader, viewer, hear is never overtly conscious of the writer, somebody trying to write poetry.Her voice is a study in disciplined authenticity.
What carries the whole book, start to finish, is a sense of genuine love for the people, the shining moments, the difficulties and the incompleteness of the ordinary lives we lead and then we die.