Ansie Baird (Author)
DescriptionPoetry. "Ansie Baird's new book is a lovely mix of wit, emotional range, and craft--a craft that responds to each of its poetic occasions in a voice that has been tutored through her earlier collections to be sharp, humorous, intelligent, able to be at once acerbic and honestly emotional. PORCH WATCH--with its implication of constant vigil--is full of warm appreciations of friends, of elegies that compose the broken heart into a right ritual of mourning: into, indeed, a style of blessing, each one scattered where she wants all her friends' ashes to be scattered 'in the fields of praise.' I love the jaunty fortitude of these poems, each one demonstrating (without a trace of self pity or self indulgence) how a rendered life, shadows and all, can be taken on, fully engaged with. 'True things, ' she says, 'make up the miracles of your life.' Her poems are just such big-hearted, open-eyed true things."--Eamon Grennan
May 09, 2019
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About the Author
Ansie Baird received her MA in English from SUNY Buffalo in 1979. She taught for forty years at The Buffalo Seminary, is a former editor of Audit Magazine and Earth's Daughters, has taught for Just Buffalo in their Writers in Education program for many years (a participant in Poetry in the Schools) and was an original member of the Albright-Knox collaborative entitled A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words. Her work has been published in The Paris Review, The Southern Review, Poetry Northwest, and numerous other journals. She is the author of the poetry book PORCH WATCH (Foundlings Press, 2019). She was one of four poets included in the book FOUR BUFFALO POETS: ANSIE BAIRD, ANN GOLDSMITH, DAVID LANDREY, SAM MAGAVERN (Outriders Poetry Project, 2016). In September 2016, her second full-length collection of poems, The Solace of Islands, was published by BlazeVOX Books. Her book, In Advance Of All Parting, won the White Pine Press national poetry competition and was published by White Pine Press in 2009.