Poetry. "These passionate, caring poems range seamlessly from personal lyric to public outcry, from a pair of well-turned pantoums of childhood memories to a poem that rewrites the liturgy of a responsive reading from the Passover service. Siegel knows how to go for the small specific details that illuminate even the darkest subjects."—Maxine Kumin
"HYACINTH FOR THE SOUL is a beautifully well-worked piece of imagination: ironic, lyrical, and elegant. Siegel's poems so often begin in daily living, poems that value the very simple or modest: what 'abides' or 'suffices.' Sometimes somber, and sometimes happy, her poems shoot out into the cosmos and let us look at our living from that vantage. There are the pleasures of metaphor, where the parts of an idea suddenly condense or burst into a completely new structure that we recognize immediately: the 'shape turning in the flame.'"—Rosemary Deen
Author of three titles from Deerbrook Editions, ARCHAEOLOGY (2017), A PASSING (2015), and HYACINTH FOR THE SOUL (2009), Joan I. Siegel is recipient of the New Letters Poetry Award, The Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize, The Poetry Quarterly Rebecca Lard Award, Atlanta's International Merit Award, and a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize. Her work has been published in several journals; The Bridge, Commonweal, Cumberland River Review, Cutthroat, Raritan, and others. A recipient of the State of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Siegel lives with her husband and daughter in the lower Hudson Valley of New York State.
Author City: BLOOMING GRV, NY USA