Her Joy Becomes


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Fernwood Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.36 inches | 0.34 pounds

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About the Author

Andrea Potos is author of several poetry collections, including Marrow of Summer (Kelsay Books), Mothershell (Kelsay Books), A Stone to Carry Home (Salmon Poetry), An Ink Like Early Twilight (Salmon Poetry), We Lit the Lamps Ourselves (Salmon Poetry) and Yaya's Cloth (Iris Press). She has received the William Stafford Prize in Poetry from Rosebud Magazine, the James Hearst Poetry Prize from the North American Review, and several Outstanding Achievement Awards in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association. Her poems can be found widely in print and online, most recently in The Sun, Poetry East, One Art, Braided Way, How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope (Storey Publishing), and The Path to Kindness (Storey Publishing). Andrea lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She was a longtime bookseller in independent bookstores there. She still needs to be surrounded by books.


These poems are grounded in the long remembering of loss and shaped by the tender work of grief. They are brimming with epiphanies-in-the-ordinary, which after all, are the only ones that startle us into seeing our own lives anew.

-Mark S. Burrows, author of The Chance of Home

These vivid, beautifully observed pieces immerse us in a time when the thin air / between worlds was still / noticeable and ordinary. Don't miss this collection.

-Laura Grace Weldon, 2019 Ohio Poet of the Year

Her Joy Becomes is a book for those of us who find our prayers in poems, who find greatest joy in daily life with loved ones, books, the natural world, observing miracles occurring before our eyes.

-Donna Hilbert, author of Threnody

These poems are openings to wonder, traversing the seasons of the year and of the heart. Andrea Potos invites us into the intimacy of the color and texture of life.

-Christine Valters Paintner, author of Dreaming of Stones