I like to start my day with a poem. I have an email subscription to a ‘poem a day’ site, which reliably sends something delightful to my inbox and I am introduced to many new writer’s words. I have no expertise with poetry and did not study it much in school as I fell in love with the longer forms of storytelling. This book arrived from TLC Book Tours in time to give me a full month of reading and re-reading and full on pleasure in the words.
This is the second book by Laura Foley; JOY STREET was the first. I can only tell you whether I liked it or not – I really liked this book from cover to cover.
The Fast Course of a Relationship
Only last week, I brought her
a white magnolia snapped
from my front yard,
smelling like honey.
A country guest,
she accepted the blossom
with a kiss. I find it today,
without a trace of fragrance.
“Laura Foley is an internationally published, award-winning poet, author of five collections. She won First Place in the Common Goods Poetry Contest, judged by Garrison Keillor, who read her poem on “A Prairie Home Companion”; and First Place in the National Outermost Poetry Prize, judged by Marge Piercy. Her poetry collections include: Night Ringing, The Glass Tree and Joy Street. The Glass Tree won a Foreword Book of the Year Award; Joy Street won the Bisexual-Writer’s Award. Her poems have appeared in The Writer’s Almanac, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Pulse Magazine, Lavender Review, The Mom Egg Review, in the British Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, and many other journals.” (TLC )
There is an elegant simplicity to the words and phrases that centers the attention and sends a clear message. The words get through and express what is needed and there are ups and downs with recovery and renewal.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and again and again. I believe you will also.