Kathy Nelson’s work ministers to the deep places within
us; she explores difficult interpersonal arenas with conviction and courage.
Her poems are well-crafted, incisive, her narratives compelling. There is one poem in particular, Friends, about a snake, whose imagery is
so richly powerful it made me green with envy.
Anyone who has a chance to read this book is lucky, indeed.
- Tina Barr, Author of Kaleidoscope
In Kathy Nelson’s exquisitely expressive poems, nature
becomes teacher. These brilliant distillations of moments in nature—a rain
storm, an ice storm, a hurricane, a “snake coiled like a plate,” “a spider
standing her ground,” “a robin drop[ping] down, / “sudden raptor to a rattling
June bug,” the owl, “scouring/for warm blood on the ground”—mirror, and become
metaphor for, the eternal struggles between daughters and mothers (and the
specter of mother looms large), fathers, lovers, and that longing for rescue
from “an infinite cascade into darkness.”
- Nancy Dillingham, Author of 1950