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making oxygen, remaining inside this pure hollow note by m. ann reed

m. ann reed
making oxygen, remaining inside this pure hollow note
Finishing Line Press, 2020
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Kim Stafford’s endorsement: In these poems we are at the meeting place between poetry and dream, the convergence of mind and heart, the rendezvous where language inhales the inexpressible, and exhales words. What is the path from the “crucible of silence” to the open arena of understanding? Reed charts that path with texts that conjure the way music will open doors for you into new realms of apprehension. You will not be the same after you have seen, through the lens of these poems, “butterflies … somersaulting their white frenzy” and other wonders of the spirit-filled world. —Kim Stafford, author of Wild Honey, Tough Salt Robert Romanyshyn's endorsement: M.Ann Reed’s collection of poems does indeed “breathe soul-life into words, words into musical patterns, musical patterns into images, all literary features into meaning.” From the first poem, ‘Dreams of making oxygen’, where the image of the child ‘who is not where she belongs,’ through my favorite, Rumi’s guesthouse, Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where, within rubble and destruction, imagination can find ‘a few hinges’ for ‘Wings’, to the final poem, Night Persephone’s choice, where Icarus might become the figure who teaches us to accept our creative gifts that give us life, we are able to pause and take a deep breath to experience the wonder of making oxygen as an act of soul making. —Robert D. Romanyshyn, Ph.D., author of Leaning toward the Poet: Eavesdropping on the Poetry of Everyday Life

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