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Living in the Nature Poem Paperback – June 1, 2012
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From the Author
Too often people feel disconnected from God, self, other people, and almost anything natural or in nature. Even more often (okay, almost always!) people feel disconnected from poetry. May this book remedy all of the above and help you to reconnect.
About the Author
Mary Harwell Sayler began writing poems as a child but, as an adult, wrote almost everything except poetry! Over the years she placed over 1500 short manuscripts and 24 books (ranging from children's novels to inspirational romances to devotionals and life-health encyclopedias) with traditional book publishers, and then, yeah! In 2012 the environmentally-oriented Hiraeth Press published Living in the Nature Poem - Mary's first full-length book of poetry - worth the wait.
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One of the things that make Mary's poems so enjoyable is that she fulfills what E. B. White said, "A poet dares be just so clear and no clearer.... He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it. A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring."
As a student of Mary's poetry classes, I read some of these poems before they were published. I loved them then, but as I read them again I find that beauty, and brilliance, unveil themselves more with each reading.
If you love the South, if you love nature, if you are interested in elegant writing, I highly recommend Mary Harwell Sayler's, Living in the nature poem.
Spring came hobbling in
on a stick
from a dog-
by pollen-ridden wind.
Spring came limping
knees of knotted pines
their pajamas of pink azaleas.
In a few short lines, Sayler packs images that are vivid, precise and arresting. Spring arrives hobbling and limping. It arrives with flowers, yes, but the early flowers of the dogwood are thrown and shaken down by the wind – pollen-ridden, yes, but suggesting a last bit if winter. And those alliterative knobby knees of knotted pines still in their “pink pajamas,” well, the poet is having some fun here.
I choose “Seasonsed” to start because it illustrates so many of the poems collected in "Living in the Nature Poem." And the three operative adjectives here are vivid, precise and arresting.
Sayler writes about cardinals and blue jays, whippoorwills and evening traffic that is more avian than automotive. She describes hiking in a cave and finding Dante’s circles in a dark wood. She considers the land of Oz in the Florida landscape, noting that “Dorothy was never a favorite of mine.” She passes Walt Whitman as she comes out of a Dunkin Donuts but doesn’t speak to him. She watches the power company trim tree limbs, the limbs becoming “disconnected service” as they fall to the ground. And she’s conscious of Carl Sandburg and Wallace Stevens as she considers fog and the landscape op the Gulf Coast.
And always present are the images of nature, even when she walks to a mall in Arizona, leaves Cozumel, or considers the American Dream.
Sayler, who lives in North Florida, is the author of some 25 books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. She blogs at The Poetry Editor and Poetry, under her name at Mary Harwell Sayler, and at Christian Poets and Writers. Many of the poems in this collection have been published in literary journals and magazines.
When you read "Living in the Nature Poem," and you should, remember those three words – vivid, precise, and arresting. And a dash of wry humor.
As poets often relay a depth to their visions Sayler is no exception. She will invite you on her deck, at the beach, or in a restaurant for example with the personification of Spring and how it comes "hobbling in, shaken down and limping."
You will enjoy the array of birds depicted, the ownership of the alligator on the lily pad, and the instruction the Egretta needs to follow immediately. I especially loved "Embryonic" as Sayler uses imagery to portray the birth of a poet's work: -feet intact
- toes and fingers clasped in couplets
In " Bearing Branches" Sayler uses imagery of a feeder, crust- shaped pool and branch swing to symbolize childhood, new families, grandchildren, and an empty nest.
I recommend this book of poetry where it will ignite your creativity and allow you to view nature through a different lens.
Author Sayler has multiple works worth exploring, along with a website and Facebook sign up for Christian writers.