Poetry. "WORLD AS YOU LEFT IT, Helen Wickes' fourth poetry collection, is an extended elegy for her parents, her childhood, and the farm where she grew up. These poems are both exquisitely down-to earth and open to the realms of myth and memory. With lyric ease, they blend anger, praise, and love for an imperfect, loss-riven world. In the final section, a new kind of knowledge, beyond biography, transforms this book into a memory palace for the poet's mother and father: 'You couldn't tell / themapart, light from place, they inhabited the mind / so deeply, light that sculpted September evenings, / those two people mowing here, raking there, // the glow that warmed their faces as they puttered / around their world.'"—Murray Silverstein
Helen Wickes lives in Oakland, California. WORLD AS YOU LEFT IT (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2015) is her fourth book of poetry. Her first book, IN SEARCH OF LANDSCAPE, was also published by Sixteen Rivers Press in 2007. Glass Lyre Press published both her second and third books, Dowser's Apprentice and Moon over Zabriskie in 2014.
Author City: Oakland, CA USA