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Mouth Toward Sky

Geraldine Foote
Mouth Toward Sky
Finishing Line Press, 2018
Purchase book: https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/mouth-toward-sky-by-geraldine-foote/
Author website: www.peaceleaves.com
A few of the poems in the book are where some of the Peace Leaves originated. Some have personal views of historical events—learning of the Kennedy assassination while in middle school German class; teaching about Hiroshima; the Vietnam memorial; 911. Many explore relationships or touch on being a Mom. Most use images in our Northwest landscape. The title comes from two places. Included is a poem called “Drinking Rain” which quotes Nate as a child, who put his mouth toward the sky. The other has to do with speaking out. The cover art will include a woodcut print from artist Debby Neely of a red-winged blackbird with open beak. There’s also a poem in the book featuring red-winged blackbirds.

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