DescriptionMoving from marriage to divorce, from motherhood to the death of a daughter, from love affairs to being a lover of solitude, Jane Ellen Glasser's poems acknowledge pain not only as inescapable but, ironically, as necessary in opening the heart to beauty. Culled from five previous books, Jane Ellen Glasser: Selected Poems represents her finest work. Although over forty years Glasser's tone shifts from darkness to the persistence of light, several themes endure. Nature, as a mirror for human nature, both informs and heals. Birds, particularly the egret, fly through these pages as talismans. Transformed through imagery and metaphor, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, art is recast in the brushstrokes of words, and inanimate objects and the dead are given voice. In her most recent work, disillusionment becomes acceptance, the imperfect becomes perfect, and "the wound," to use Rumi's words, "is the place where the light enters you."
March 19, 2019
5.98 X 0.35 X 9.02 inches | 0.51 pounds
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About the Author
Robert P. Arthur is becoming known as one of the more versatile writers in American letters. He has won awards for novels, short stories, poetry books, poetry, plays, poem-plays, feature stories, criticism, reviews, and journalism generally. He is a President Emeritus of the Poetry Society of Virginia, a former Writer in low Residence in poetry and playwriting in the graduate Creative Writing program at Wilkes University, and has twice been a runner-up for Poet Laureate of Virginia. His Collected works of poetry will be released in 2020, and many of his early plays will be re-released 2020-21. Arthur became internationally known in 1993 with the publication and dramatization of his poem book. "Hymn to the Chesapeake." Widely known as an important poet of the bay, which he calls his home, in "Master William and the Finman" he exhibits his expertise in sea craft, and in the oceans of the world, as well as, once again, his usual poetic gift for blowing aching beauty into language. He lives with his wife, Gray, in Virginia Beach, about forty minutes from their bay-side cottage on the Eastern Shore peninsula.