DescriptionIN THE SHADOW OF PARADISE by Jane Ellen Glasser opens with an epigraph by Rumi, "The wound is the place where the light enters you," a theme resonant throughout her seventh collection. Subjects such as romantic love, aging, disappointment and death are examined through a lens of understanding that loss is both inevitable and necessary in growing a full life. In her poem "Cracks," she reminds us, "Every scar/ is the shorthand/ of an important story," each crack "...a door opening/ onto a larger room." A signature of her work, Glasser views nature as a mirror for human nature. Swallowtails hovering above phlox suggest that "...pleasure/ can only be tasted in small sips." Another source of inspiration is art. Works by Rousseau, Chagall, Picasso, Rubens are springboards for self-examination. With wisdom harvested by time, the overriding tone of her collection is one of praise, celebrating a life "happily flawed."
February 01, 2017
5.98 X 0.22 X 9.02 inches | 0.34 pounds
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About the Author
Jane Ellen Glasser's poetry has appeared in numerous journals, such as Hudson Review, Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Georgia Review. In the past she served as the poetry critic for The Virginian-Pilot, poetry editor for the Ghent Quarterly and Lady Jane's Miscellany, and co-founder of the nonprofit arts organization and journal New Virginia Review. She won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry for Light Persists and the Poetica Publishing Chapbook Contest for The Long Life. In the Shadow of Paradise is her seventh collection.