Shapes of Time


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Moonpath Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.28 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

This is Glenna Cook's second full-length collection ofpoems. The first, Thresholds, was published by MoonPathPress in 2017, and was a finalist for the Washington StateBook Award for Poetry in 2018.Cook grew up in Olympia, Washington, where, atage 18, she married her husband, Kenneth. They had 3children (their oldest, a son, died of cancer in 2016 at age 60), and have 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Aftera 25-year career with the telephone company, she retiredfrom U.S. West Communications in 1990, then immediatelyenrolled in college. She graduated from the University ofPuget Sound Magna cum Laude in 1994 at age 58 with a BAin English Literature. While at university, she won the HearstEssay Prize for the Humanities and the Nixeon Civille HandyPrize in poetry. She is a Hedgebrook alumna and a memberof Phi Kappa Phi.She has read her poetry many places in the Puget Soundregion, and published dozens of poems in journals andanthologies, such as Raven Chronicles, Spindrift, crosscurrentreview, Trillium, and Kind of a Hurricane Anthologies.104Her husband died in 2018, after 63 years of marriage.Cook has Parkinson's disease, which she keeps at baywith medicine, diet, and a rigorous exercise program.She serves as an advocate for others with Parkinson'sdisease. She loves reading, watching Masterpiece Theaterand Netflix on TV, taking walks, and interacting withpeople. Two of her favorite sayings are: We make our ownweather, and (from Rumi) What you seek is seeking you.
Christopher J. Jarmick is a Seattle Area writer and a former Los Angeles TV producer who curates and hosts monthly poetry readings and special events. He has performed his own poetry at numerous venues (mostly on the West Coast) for many years and has given lectures, been part of writer conference panels, and given workshops. Other kind souls have published several things he's written (essays, reviews of poems, interviews, stories, editorials) in local and national magazines, newspapers, literary journals and online. His online film reviews have over 3 million page views.


"When I read Glenna Cook's poems, Aaron Copland's music plays in my ear. Her portrayal of life is simple, universal, and unnervingly complex. Cook's Shapes of Time is an arc of a woman's life, a life shaped by traditions and rhythm, a mirror of reflection. She gives us a litany of thanks, expressions of disappointment, unimaginable grief, unbridled joy, that in the end are unfinished-life cut short, for it is never long enough.

We understand how she 'will leave behind a long/list of books I wanted to read/friends I could have shared/pie...' She compels us to ask don't all want to share pie, to embrace life, its complexities, in the simplest, yet most poignant language?"

-Josie Emmons Turner, Tacoma Poet Laureate Emerita

"Glenna Cook's voice is a steadying one. She teaches us lessons, whether it's from a Hopper painting of a Pennsylvania miner, an elephant necklace, or a homeless encampment. In panning for gold, she gives us back wisdom and assays the rich veins of memory that leads to poetry. Cook invites us in to reflect on the sanctuary that can come from discord. Her voice rings as true as Emily Dickinson's in celebrating our

humanity. 'A poem is prose dressed up for a party' Cook reminds us."

-Michael Magee, author of Terra Firma (MoonPath Press)