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Cadences (book of poetry)

Foothills Publishing, 2010

60 pages of poems divided into four sections:

Poet's Statement

In music, cadences indicate whether the piece is to be continued or concluded. This book is both closure and continuation of cadences in the broad sense of the word. In the last days of my final residency of the MFA program at Pacific University, Ellen Bass shared the analogy of writing a poem as an offering of a pebble, humbly rolled towards the sacred altar of poetry. Although the poems selected for this first book may well clatter down the hill before they arrive half-way there, the act of writing and sharing them has given me a vision of the sacred space poetry embraces. The poems have traveled through seasons, dance steps, experiences and now breathe an Amen - so may it be - and now rest in this book.

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