Poems in this daring collection are drawn from pain and grief, but shine with truth and hard-won wisdom.
The poems in WINDOW LEDGE are a raw unadorned testament to what has been done and is being done human to human, and human to animal, plant, fowl, and fish. They express a kind of fatality combined with awe at the mysterious power of compassion that transcends everything. The poems in the first section of the book feel their way through life, on feet, on paws, on wings, and with their fins. The second section carves deeper into what we crave, what we cannot escape, and inevitably what we must make peace with. The final section describes the paradoxes of wholeness that include moments of not knowing, of utter stillness, of surrender and acceptance. These are not the poems of a young woman. They were written as the poet rode the tumultuous waves of life and found shimmering unexpected joy in the midst of indescribable pain.
Poetry. Women's Studies.
Lesley Strutt was a poet, playwright, essayist, novelist, and blogger living in Merrickville, Ontario (1958-2021). Her writing has appeared in anthologies, e-zines, as well as journals such as Montreal Serai; CV2; Prairie Fire; Ottawater; The Literary Review; Bywords; and Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme. Her chapbook, Small as Butterflies, won the 2015 Tree Chapbook prize. Her YA novel, ON THE EDGE (Inanna Publications), was published to in 2019. WINDOW LEDGE (Inanna Publications, 2021) is Lesley's debut poetry collection.Author City: MERRICKVILLE, ON CAN