Poetry. BECAUSE is a book that reminds us why it matters that we are here, living our complicated lives, our days crowded with houses, buses, work, cafes, bakeries, fear and singing, brief joy and "rapturous dust." These subtle and surprising poems are deeply engaged with the present, reminding us of how we are enmeshed with the particularities of existence: wisteria and neighbors, children breaking sticks, rats and trash, a skunk galloping over the lawn and an ant on the doorframe, and so many riddles we can never know the answer to in our "cake-like houses." Musing and wondering, grieving and praising, these poems dwell in both the inner and outer worlds, in the mysteries of our daily actions and our dreaming selves. Even the inevitable regrets and disappointments of getting through the day can't diminish the hope that by being here we are creating something beautiful, like this book, so tightly held "in the world's strangling embrace."
Nina Lindsay's first collection of poetry, TODAY'S SPECIAL DISH, was published by Sixteen Rivers Press in 2007. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and has been awarded the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize. Lindsay also writes children's literary criticism and reviews for Kirkus, The Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal, and other publications. She lives in Oakland, California, where she works for the Oakland Public Library.Author City: Oakland, CA USA