A Mother's String
Ekstasis Editions, 2005 - 73 pages
A Mother's String is about the lessons we learn in love and patience. It is about the family ties that bind even in the absence of those we are bound to. The poems are haunted by the memory of homes lived in or wished for. In them we remember our younger selves who have still to learn how far we can climb, how far we can fall.
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A Lesson In Love
A Mothers String
BACKSTROKES BARN DANCE beach belly BILBERRIES bird body a capsule boy body breaking breath called me serious CATACOMBS ceiling Charlie coastal sweetness crack DINNER WITH SARAH dreams DYING FOR LOVE earth everything eyes speaking father spins grief feel FRAYING KNOTS gasps of air GRANDFATHER'S BOX grief between fingers hair hand heart Henihan hold inside invisible knew LAND QUILT laughed leaves he hides Listen Listerine little girl live melding memory MENDING BROKEN MERINGUE NIGHTS mother MOTHER'S STRING never leaves home PICKED THREADS KHEDA pull rafts rain never touches Remember how tall SANDSONG say goodbye season of night silence skin slick truck tires small palm smooth songs sound streets are quiet strobe SUNDAY MOONS tell things tide tires on asphalt told tongue TOOK KIEALA Traces of slick trees trying turn voice waiting walks warm winter blankets watched whisper woman words wrapped