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Early in Seed Across Snow, Kathleen Driskell asks “what do we have but the past to parent us?”—and the poems show us myriad lessons in mortality and humility learned from tending to memory and its various complexities. But Driskell is also concerned with the present and its “hurtful glory,” the natural world, children, and family. Her poems about love in the context of a long marriage, something all too rarely experienced and even more rarely well expressed, are finely wrought and particularly beautiful. Mining the domestic to find in the most ordinary closet or attic figurative richness, Driskell writes with formal poise, precision, and spirited wisdom. 
—Claudia Emerson (author of Late Wife, winner of the Pulitzer for Poetry in 2006)
 
Kathleen Driskell’s audacious and complex Seed Across Snow is a stunning book.  Reading Driskell’s poems is like looking into the luminous wonder of a shell or a feather, so straightforwardly identifiable yet so mysterious in its formation.  She writes of the terrifying danger of the ordinary, loved ones in daily situations that could threaten their existence—or change the world.  Driskell makes a poetry of emergencies alternating with a deep appreciation of those moments in life when all is well.  With humor, sass, a luxuriance of line and a sense of our interior worlds so sure that she can follow a thread of feeling to a knot of thought and back through the thought to feeling again, Kathleen Driskell gives us important poetry, brilliant and necessary.
—Molly Peacock (The Second Blush, Norton 2008)

About the Author

Award-winning poet and teacher Kathleen Driskell serves as the Associate Program Director of Spalding University’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program in Louisville, Kentucky, where she is Associate Professor of Creative Writing. She is the author of one previous book of poetry, Laughing Sickness (in its second printing), and the editor of two anthologies of creative writing. Her poems have appeared in many nationally known literary magazines including North American Review, The Southern Review, and The Greensboro Review. Kathleen lives with her husband and two children in an old country church built before the Civil War.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Red Hen Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597091502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597091503
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,843,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seed Across Snow is a book of poetry that is inspiring. I especially love the poem "Overture" that I keep reading aloud because the imagery is unique and brilliant.
"She moved like a child who knew things, and I knew I had walked the same way and so I watched her and wondered who had told her these things and when, when had I not been around . . ."
Listen to her read her poetry because she does it very well. I want to hear more.
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Having read Kathleen Driskell's previous book, I was anticipating the release of this one since I saw it mentioned in Poets & Writers magazine. What I didn't expect was to be as moved as I was with this collection. I was struck by the narrative quality of each piece as well as the cohesive and almost linear feeling to the overall collection. Although Ms. Driskell's experiences differ from my own, I felt a very touching, very familiar connection to the various family and social scenes as they played out here.

Mostly what I found was that I very much enjoyed this as a rich and moving reading experience. And the highest praise I can offer is that it has been a few weeks since I read it, and I still find myself thinking about it - day after day. You can't more from any book than that.
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In "Seed Across Snow," Kathleen Driskell details loss and the lessons we learn from it--the loss of her neighbor in the lovely, lyrical, and very moving "Overture" to the book, which is really the title poem in disguise, the loss of nature in our lives in "Deer," loss of the family dog in "New Dog, Old Dog," loss of virginity in "Blue Heron," and the loss of language and memory in the funny and moving poem "Keeping Words." My favorite poem in the book, in addition to "Overture," may be "Nude Model," which describes the loss of youth and beauty in wise and delicate couplets. But Driskell's poems also flesh out the small, mundane, yet extraordinary elements of our day-to-day routines that deserve attention, such as in "My Thirteen Year Old Son, The Fisherman, Throws One Back," where she watches her son go five days before catching a fish, transforming from boy to man before her as she casually reads, half-interested in fishing, along the pier. And in poems like "With A Shiner, My Husband Enters the Flower Shop," Driskell shares the small struggles and contradictions of our ordinary world, where silliness mixes with seriousness, and transforms it into something lovely and memorable.
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