The Grit and Joy of Being
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"Within the interplay of nature and sensuality is where Anne's poetry soars. This collection, while steeped in the Southern tradition, is also about soulful transcendence."
--Tembi Locke, actor, advocate, and author of From Scratch
"In The Grit and Joy of Being, readers will discover Anne Poarch's jewel-like word paintings fizzing with color and light. Tinges of sadness and the bittersweet balance out these exquisite miniature portraits. While her work displays echoes of poets Mary Oliver and Elizabeth Bishop, Anne possesses a distinctly Southern sense of place, a sensual joie de vivre, and a wry sense of humor that is definitively her own."
--Heath Hardage Lee, historian, curator, and author of The League of Wives and Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause
"I have been reading a lot of Walt Whitman lately, and I really felt the new poems reflected that same sense of transcendence and sensuality that you find in his work. I especially like the poem titled "Of Being." It was straight out of "Song of Myself."
--Tony Farrell, columnist and Richmond Times-Dispatch Arts and Culture writer