Poetry. "This is a collection of extraordinary range and depth, with acute sensitivity and insight throughout. Ruth Handel's gardens are 'no site for sentiment,' but they are sites of visitations—uncanny and unsettling arrivals of nocturnal creatures, ghosts of memory, and the figures (and figurations) of the visual arts. Delineated with the precision of botanical drawing and recounted with equanimity and humor, these poems respond to cycles of grief and growth, to the recurrence of beauty in a troubled world that leaves us 'puzzled by the late collapse / of amity.' In these tapestried poems, description becomes both method and process, not a means to adornment or embellishment but to comprehension and solace: 'against confusion / a momentary stay.'" —B. K. Fischer
Ruth D. Handel is a poet, writer and teacher. She is the author of MOMENTARY STAYS (Dos Madres Press, 2017), NO BORDER IS PERENNIAL (Dos Madres Press, 2015), TUGBOAT WARRIOR (Dos Madres Press, 2013), and Reading The White Spaces (Finishing Line Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including Common Ground Review, Westchester Review, en(compass), The Jewish Women's Literary Annual, Let The Poets Speak, Controlled Burn, Clockwise Cat, Contemporary Hiabun Online, Evening Street Review, and the award-winning A Slant of Light: Women Poets of the Hudson Valley (Codhill Press, 2013). Ruth teaches poetry courses and workshops in poetry writing, gives poetry performances, and manages the Poetry Caravan, a volunteer organization of 30 poets who bring poetry to the community. In her professional career, Ruth developed the field of family literacy; her academic publications include Building Family Literacy in an Urban Community (Teachers College Press, 1999). She is professor emerita, Montclair State University, where she taught literature and literacy and integrated poetry into the teacher education curriculum.
Author City: SCARSDALE, NY USA