Indiana Girl

Jane Mary Curran (Author)
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Description

Through the matrix of memory, the poet explores her sense of

home, its inner landscape, shaped by family, time and the geography

of an Indiana farm. ere is history here. Lineage. Memories of a life

long abandoned and reclaimed through this collection of poems.

Whispers of Frost lie buried in her words and Dickey's bold voice as

well.

Product Details

Price
$8.95  $8.23
Publisher
Gridley Fires Books
Publish Date
March 15, 2019
Pages
70
Dimensions
5.0 X 0.17 X 8.0 inches | 0.19 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781684547524
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Reviews

Jane Curran's Indiana Girl, a memoir in verse, celebrates a farm

family and their land. Curran's heart tells the stories of parents

and grandparents. Her soul describes the world of her youth,

"derelict cornstalks silvered in frost," "the sun a red rim, a fox's

full moon shadow etched on old snow." "The North Field"

demonstrates how deeply the farm occupies Curran's being.

Anne Waters Green, poet and author of The Season Lengthens

What Curran calls her "inner landscape" welcomes the reader of

Indiana Girl. This new collection of poems offers both moments and

threads that ask the reader to pause and enjoy a scene or reflect on

echoes from surrounding poems. As Curran says, "facts alone can't

carry the story." The voice of these poems invites us to trust and, in

that trust, to share the world of her "life's geography." Curran joins

many other Midwestern writers who seek to define the core of their

personal peace through a language that allows them to go home.

A. Carl Bredahl, Emeritus Professor, University of FloridaA.

Carl Bredahl, Emeritus Professor, University of Florida

Through memory, Curran explores her sense of home, its inner

landscape, shaped by family, time and the geography of an Indiana

farm. There is history here. Lineage. Memories of a life long abandoned

and reclaimed through this collection of poems. Whispers

of Frost lie buried in her words, and Dickey's bold voice as well.

Bob Mustin, novelist, poet, editor, publisher

Jane Curran's crisp, understated portraits of people and place

explore Wolfe's familiar maxim --"You can't go home again."

But how often by circumstance we are forced to try. After her

father's death and her mother's oncoming dementia, Curran seeks

a re-connection to homeplace, but as her moving poems in Indiana

Girl show, it is a yearning that mere nostalgia can't satisfy.

Settling in with her familial and literary namesakes, Curran shares

scenes of intimate reflection and nearly-forgotten tragedy, rendered

with inventive precision: "starlight, sharp as a butcher's

blade, cuts clean edges of shadow and ice." While these fine poems

acknowledge the inevitable changes in interior and exterior

landscapes -- "I know stories of wandering without an arrival"--

Curran appreciates that "life, known and settled, would go on."

Kenneth Chamlee, Professor Emeritus of English, Brevard

College, author of Absolute Faith and Logic of the Lost

With finely tuned sensitivity to language and the feelings of

the people she writes about, Curran conveys love for her Indiana

home along with other realms of human experience.

Richard Graham Professor Emeritus, Franklin College of

Indiana.

Indiana Girl is a love song to goodness and the ground from

which Curran sprang. The book offers a haunting remembrance

of home - a place and a past where readers can hear

and smell corn, stroll past Angus cows, recall the horrors of

World War II and Vietnam. Filled with vivid detail and epic

in scope, the poems honor one's place on the planet until,

as the poet writes, "the hawk and the land and I were one."

Especially vivid are the "Histories," snapshots of people with

whom Curran grew up. The collection's lyrical language, sweep of

time, and tussle with loss make Indiana Girl rich and unforgettable.

Karen Luke Jackson, Ed.D., writer, spiritual companion, and

Courage & Renewal(R) retreat leader