Selected PoemseBook - 2014
This marvelous collection brings together the finest of Nancy Willard’ s work Transporting us from Michigan farm country to the streets of New York, from a family picnic by a stream to snow-covered fields peopled by angels, the poems gathered here represent the best of Nancy Willard. Willard’ s gift for peeling back everyday existence to reveal something magical and wondrous is everywhere in evidence here. Ordinary trees become surreal landscapes “ fanning the fire in their stars” and “ spraying fountains of light.” Poems featuring Great Danes, donkeys, and rabbits reveal Willard’ s love for all living creatures. “ How to Stuff a Pepper” and “ A Psalm for Running Water” coexist with poems about visits from God. The title poem tells the story of Willard at seven, while “ Questions My Son Asked Me, Answers I Never Gave Him” explores the joys and pitfalls of being a mother. Offering imagery from mythical goddesses to pumpkin saints to wise jellyfish, these are poems of astonishing imagination and grace, and will introduce a new generation of readers to Willard’ s remarkable body of work.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Open Road Media,, 2014.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (221 pages)