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Poetry. The poems in Kindred's second full-length collection look to daisies, goldenrods, sunflowers, ironweeds - all the members of the family asteraceae, or aster family of flowers - to explore family and memory, and to search the tender edges of marriage, infertility, and motherhood. Like the children in 'Noon on Gravel Drive' setting a leaf on fire, these poems 'circle in/ for dance or witness' upon a neighborhood of mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, but also haunted alders, dolls and feathers, Sirens and mean angels. Kindred uses the language of flowers to reveal a rich terrain of survival and desire, inviting the reader to delight in its complex and beautiful images. The linguistic blooms in BOOK OF ASTERS are like the breathtaking visual turns of a kaleidoscope - dazzling, unexpected, and unnerving. Sally Rosen Kindred is the kind of poet Shelley meant when he called poets the unacknowledged legislators of the world. A language this lush and an imagination this inventive can remake us as surely as Kindred's narrators are remade, joy by joy, grief by grief. Kindred is a poet willing to follow her muse and name her vision. BOOK OF ASTERS is a vivid, astonishing collection.--Kathryn Kirkpatrick

Sally Rosen Kindred cites 'star' as Greek root of 'aster, ' and these poems themselves are star-flowers. Asters, alders, dandelions, children, animals, a worm, soldiers, other numinous existences, reply with hidden essences to her questing inwardness, as she names them into our recognitions. These poems fuse concept and sound in a manner now unusual, so that obscured humble things appear nakedly valuable to our eyes and to our spirits. In her wise innocence, the world stands brightly recreated, splendid and difficult and painful to behold, in the noontime sunlight of her craft.--James Applewhite

Sally Rosen Kindred has a gift for creating poems I wish I'd written. Here is a garden of witness, of forgetting, of memory and music and love's bright blare. Aster as metaphor, aster as ghost - bouquets of common weeds and wildflowers haunt us in these poems, and teach us to lean toward their mysterious light, to blossom with their stories, and to grow - bruised, but fed by their songs.--Meg Kearney.

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The linguistic blooms in Book of Asters are like the breathtaking visual turns of a kaleidoscope—dazzling, unexpected, and unnerving. Sally Rosen Kindred is the kind of poet Shelley meant when he called poets the unacknowledged legislators of the world. A language this lush and an imagination this inventive can remake us as surely as Kindred’s narrators are remade, joy by joy, grief by grief. Kindred is a poet willing to follow her muse and name her vision. Book of Asters is a vivid, astonishing collection. —Kathryn Kirkpatrick


Sally Rosen Kindred cites “star” as Greek root of “aster,” and these poems themselves are star-flowers. Asters, alders, dandelions, children, animals, a worm, soldiers, other numinous existences, reply with hidden essences to her questing inwardness, as she names them into our recognitions. These poems fuse concept and sound in a manner now unusual, so that obscured humble things appear nakedly valuable to our eyes and to our spirits. In her wise innocence, the world stands brightly recreated, splendid and difficult and painful to behold, in the noontime sunlight of her craft. —James Applewhite


Sally Rosen Kindred has a gift for creating poems I wish I’d written. Here is a garden of witness, of forgetting, of memory and music and love’s bright blare. Aster as metaphor, aster as ghost—bouquets of common weeds and wildflowers haunt us in these poems, and teach us to lean toward their mysterious light, to blossom with their stories, and to grow—bruised, but fed by their songs. —Meg Kearney
Product Details
ISBN: 9781936419340
ISBN-10: 1936419343
Publisher: Mayapple Press
Publication Date: February 11th, 2014
Pages: 62
Language: English

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