- Publisher: Finishing Line Press (2008)
- ISBN-10: 1599243105
- ISBN-13: 978-1599243108
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,798,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Significance of Swans Paperback – 2008
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The other crown of the collection (this one happy--it's called "Garden Courtship") deftly evokes the hopeful tension between two people ("our twenty fingers in one lily bed") who are ostensibly only weeding on a wet spring day. Many delights here, some from just a single, artfully placed word, like the unexpected appearance--after "grubbing among muddy roots"--of fear.
There's a welcoming variety of rhythm from page to page here. Note in particular:
--the pair of sonnets ("Daphne's Complaint" & "Semele's Example") illuminating, in subtle and surprising ways, the fatally crossed paths of gods and humans, and another one, "Synaesthesia," where the poet drives an unpoetic car down the road through flocks of sparrows--
--the wonderful haiku "body impressions"--
--and the final, brief, free verse poem on yearning ("Sehnsucht"), whose spare and lovely final image has remained lodged in my memory for months now.
To give a taste, here's some scraps from "Cyclical":
Some mornings I might run a mile or two
along a big black paved endless track,
around the same old trees; or I'll describe
a circle to the grocery store and back
on dreary afternoons; or spend a rainy
Monday turning cycles among stacks
of laundrey, sorting whites and blacks; or in
the kitchen, swirling stove-to-sink and back...
...and some from a poem called "Bramble Bush"...
As this worn & ragged bramble bush, jagged
with thorns, scratched like an etching on the air....Read more ›
If you like poetry and being out-of-doors, and especially both if possible, this collection is for you.
**Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.**
Sorina Higgins wanders through both the natural world and the world of mythology, asking questions, some unanswerable, in her pursuit of the ineffable. Like a young Anne Sexton, in her rowing towards God, Higgins wants "something more than mundane, something like the sky inside my soul." We all do. Join her on this journey.
--Barbara Crooker, author of Radiance and Line Dance, winner of the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award
I'm moved by the passionate pilgrimage of these poems. Sorina Higgins has a composer's ear and a painter's eye. She's such a crafty poet we shouldn't be surprised when her lines catch us up and transport us into a state of wonder.
--David Huddle, author of Grayscale and Summer Lake: New & Selected Poems
White birds, black birds, and every shade of gray sky and green yearning--all are lit by Higgins' flickering, searching, tested faith, to become signposts to the ineffable.
--Louisa Gilder, Author of Age of Entanglement