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Daffodils at Twilight, Margaret Chula


Margaret Chula
Daffodils at Twilight
Kelsay Books, 2017
Purchase book: https://kelsaybooks.com
Author website: www.margaretchula.com
"These are poems of the earth and home, of flowers and dirt, memory and landscape, nostalgia linked up with desire. I admire their quietude and tenderness, part celebration and part elegy, the way they “keep their feet on the ground,” the way they “know better than to cut the blossoms.” — Joseph Millar, Author of Blue Rust "In her beautifully structured collection, Daffodils at Twilight, she revisits her childhood in nearby Northfield, Massachusetts, with a true poet’s tenderness and lucidity. The poems talk about family dysfunction, a hard scrabble life both before and after her mother’s break up with Margaret’s alcoholic father and the warmth and safety provided by the grandparents with whom they moved in. As much as this collection is a memoir of childhood, filled with memories of fishing with her brothers, finding new friends at a new school, having scarlet fever, and the dreams all children have, it is also a paean to her mother, her mother’s courage, the long life she led and how often the lives of our loved ones, as in her mother’s case, eventually degenerate losing their vigor and lucidity. Daffodils is a gentle collection, which touches us all." - Tim Mayo, founder of the Brattleboro, Vermont, Literary Festival and author of Thesaurus of Separation


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