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Letting Go: Collected Poems 1983-2003 Paperback – May 4, 2012
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Donna Lisle Gordon-Burton was raised in eastern Ohio, beside the Ohio River, in an area of coal mines and steel mills — now mostly gone. Burton has lived in the South for most of her life, working as a special education teacher for four decades — a dozen years in Tuskegee, Alabama, and twenty-eight in Greenville, SC. In retirement she has had a number of her poems published in literary magazines including Atlanta Review, Illuminations, Potpourri, Main Street Rag, Kalliope and The Licking River Review, among others. An accomplished painter, portraitist, and photographer, she has lived with her husband, Alan Burton, near the Blue Ridge Parkway on a dead-end gravel road in Fairview, NC, since 2003.
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However, although I've read quite a bit of Donna Burton's poetry previously, it was truly thrilling to be able to obtain this wonderful and beautifully-presented compilation.
Although many young people write poetry in the "passion of their youth" - indeed I did so myself - I believe the mark of a true poet is to be able to reflect in this mode when they have reached the wisdom of maturity and life experience. That is what makes Donna's work at this point in her life so rich, textured and poignant. It brought alternately tears and smiles. Although I'm not a gardener any more than I am a poet (perhaps the two go together to a very real extent?) the last section of this lovely book titled "Shards of Color" is one which should entrance those especially who delight in growing things. For me, it was almost a stroll through a lush garden that I could love even if I could not create.
Another delightful aspect of this book are the exceptional illustrations of Donna's own artwork, in sketch, watercolor and photographic mode. One can only wish that more had been included, and perhaps in color, but such are the limitations of publication, I suppose.
There are many things I could say in praise of this book, but I will be prosaic in my own way and simply state a fact. Anyone who wants a heartfelt glimpse into both painful reality and joy, and loves poetry, should definitely read it!