- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Butternut Press (March 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996705651
- ISBN-13: 978-0996705653
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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The Well: Poems from Twin Pines Farm Paperback – March 13, 2018
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In the second section, Mohr brings together poems about her parents — James Huxtable (1916-1999) and Adeline Weaver Huxtable (1917-2005) — both graduates of Cornell University who then took over Twin Pines Farm; about she and her sisters growing up on the farm; about the ever-present struggles and uncertainties. “You must have known then,” writes Mohr of her mother in “Twin Pines Farmhouse: 1940”— “days, years, / would disappear in a haze of hard work.” On the death of James Huxtable (“Now he’s gone / she calls him — / You Know Who.”), Adeline who is 80 cannot manage the farm and must leave it behind: “Goodbye old walls, she said / over and over.” These poems of Mohr’s parents, of her farm-reared childhood (“My warm, wet hand in the calf’s mouth/ and she sucks, feeding on my fingers. / After chores I hide in a favorite tree. . . .”) could easily have been a nostalgic look backwards — “I step into the sap house. Sweet / steam of boiling sap infuses / the hut and soot darkened windows/ become mirrors.” Laden with feeling and gratitude, yes — nostalgic, no!
Mohr is our guide across the generations — from Rhoba Williams McKoon: “Will the peonies survive? / Will I find good dirt, water for a well?” to Mohr and her husband, sitting outdoors in California after dinner, drinking wine and talking “of those not seen in years, /of hope and not despair / The dusk around them / holds itself taut, as robins / search for their evening meal. / Let’s not go in yet, he begs. / One minute more.” Twin Pines is a clear-eyed homage to the ancestors who were instrumental in Nancy Huxtable Mohr becoming the woman and poet she is.
Twin Pines is a book of poems to savor — with or without a glass of wine by your side.
Elegantly crafted! There are historical themes, nothing is said here that is not true. Her poems reach from her own live to touch the lives of other women to heal or instruct the past or present.