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This book is a miracle of everyday pursuits, ponderings and philosophical viewpoints from four very alive, distinctive women across the globe!! I am absolutely charmed by the voices of these four and highly recommend these poems to anyone who wants to deliciously soak in their lives, their daily goings-on. I am very impressed by the true light of honesty emanating from these poems and the wealth of experience and daily living shown in their lives. A very impressive, delightful read!!
She Too, compiled by four wonderfully diverse but complementary poets, Delaina J. Miller, Helen Patrice, Leigh D. C. Spencer and Rosemary Nissan-Wade, sparks with energy, spontaneity, wisdom. Although the energy arises primarily from the voiced life-force of the writers--each is an expert both in “whispering in your open ear, sweet everythings,” and shaking you “like a whirlwhind” (Nissan-Wade), it is reinforced here by the fact that the book anthologizes April poems--that is, poems written as part of worldwide celebrations of poetry month. That spirit of shared celebration, concentrated exploration and disciplined flow, resonates throughout the poems, heightening the camaraderie the reader feels both among the poets, and with them. While each poet has a strongly personal voice--these four women are from far corners of both world and experience--they share a strong sense of the mystical, an extra sensitivity not just to magic in the world but in the moment. This focus spans moments of light-hearted strength, as in in “Charm for Summoning a Witch” where Patrice suggests, ”First off, chocolate, great big blocks”--to moments “so dark, there is no light/for shadows to resemble your ghost.” (Miller.) The poets are great story-tellers as well as lyricists, unwinding narratives that both amuse and enlighten--”We women/compromised,” writes Spencer of a drenched weekend camping, and, in fact, many of the poems highlight the compromises sometimes required of women--a making-the-best-of circumstances provided by nature, finance, family, and, especially, loss--but each poet equally gives lessons in not-compromising--in how one holds secure the truths that make each of us both more whole and hopeful. Great stuff!
(From Karin Gustafson, author of 1 Mississippi, Going on Somewhere, Nose Dive, and (soon) Nice, who blogs as Manicddaily, http://Manicddaily.wordpress.com)
Chipping away at the ugly bits of this world and find some raw magic in the darkness and in the light unites these 4 poetic voices. Delving into the cauldron of their combined poetics is a feast for the senses. A thrilling roller coaster ride for the spirit.