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Uncertain Ships Paperback – February 22, 2016
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About the Author
Phibby Venable's work has been published in 2River, Poetrybay, Southern Ocean Review, Sow's Ear, Voices, the Appalachian Journal and various other national & international magazines. The proceeds of her book, Indian Wind Song, were used to help low income Appalachian families with indoor plumbing and home repairs. Venable won the Virginia Water Project Award, and was nominated for the governor’s award for Volunteer Excellence. She is active in animal rescue. She was nominated by Goldfish Press for the Pushcart Prize in 2009, and in 2010 by Quill and Parchment Press. She is the author of Women of the Round Table, a novel, and Dry Branch Hollow, a collection of short stories.
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There are almost 200 poems in this thick, pretty book, with a long table of contents to the titles.. Over the course of some number of weeks of wading, stepping here/there into and through about 30 of these poems in a slow, I want to think mindful, manner, my experience of being immersed with them bubbles with a few insights taken from considering what it may be that is happening here, that has become so thoughtfully what is happening to me..
that burst with imagery that can hammer home a personally explored gestalt with rising and nuanced crescendo..
that can confound with that delicious enigma of another buttered read to tie all strings, untie all strings, try and make the ends meet-- for me, that would be instead of spending time on the rote crosshatch of now cold Sudoku?
that from a sometimes vague, misty place start revealing the outline, and then later the clearer picture of a mountain girl become, being woman.. strong, brave in a world's billowing updrafts which always surround, wrap, even anchor the interior muse on its way towards twinkling epiphanies.. are they only hers alone, or are they ours, or can they become ours, in what we're all day dreaming?..
Reading poetry can be a traveling inside another head, or visiting it, and supremely escapist like good fiction, or like an in-person sit-down with a writer, if we allow it by embracing that mindset, or having it almost prima facie as an undefined approach to begin with. Where we get to go inside Ms. Venable's head at any given moment, whether inside a given moment or moving from one to the next through these poems- and it can be with brooding- is like that dream of sailing uncharted waters at the helm of your own safe, but also a little bit, sometimes, uncertain wood vessel. In these senses the escapism of your traveling is obviously not one of being wholly unaccompanied, because who doesn't like holding hands?
Close your eyes after opening them for what's in here. I can highly recommend you book a discovery of all that these pages stow on board-- you are less traveling to faraway places than you are exploring the inner workings of how to better see your own similar subtleties, through the eyes of one given over to risking the logging of this kind of free and thoughtful contemplation, introspection, and reverie. I can't myself escape the sense that it is all going somewhere, and that it is to be my own rich discovery when I arrive.
Review_ (c)'16 miguel.J.Escobar _
This book highlights the love and compassion she has for others. If there is a problem in life, you are bound to find a kindred spirit in this great book of poetry. The analogies between life and the ocean is amazing.
If you enjoy poetry, you won't be disappointed with Uncertain Ships. Hop on and cruise along.