Publisher: Headmistress Press (July 8, 2014)
Each poem in this radiantly plainspoken collection offers subtle and penetrating observations that swell to a rich tapestry of ordinary life, beheld from a stance of grace and buoyancy. Starting with intimations of desire in childhood, these poems travel through ordinary domestic scenes to the blessing of a maturity in which the narrator, still embracing desire and wild promise, thrives in the midst of life’s darker gifts. This collection is truly a joy to read. It puts to shame those of us who walk through our days with “the din of loneliness,” ignoring life’s many invitations for bliss. (publisher)
My comments: Through this short book of poems, the author shares her past and her intimate moments with her partner, Clare, who like herself, was once in a traditional marriage. We see a joy even though Clare has been unwell, and her poems of self perception. Their dog and pet is part of this celebration of a relationship.
The author's descriptive phrases also give a wider meaning to her surroundings as seen in these two poems.
Sandy from a day at the beach,
we sleep on top of our sheets,
windows open wide,
little feet running over us.
Late-Night Low Tide
Around our feet,
of claws on sand,
of midnight rounds,
of seemingly solid ground
shifting under us:
revealing worlds below our own.I enjoyed the simplicity of the poems, revealing and honest, and Foley's wonderful use of words and imagery.
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