Day 26: "for an okay free woman" by Lester Paldy
I read the first five-ten poems and thought that the book would only be about nature's beauty. The poems were very specific, rich in details...but I wanted the speaker's wonder to go deeper inward into story. And it did. As the poems progressed the "free woman" enters--the speaker's desire, love, and feelings of her absence.
The "sweetness" is not sickly. It feels real, not creepy. Which--I think is a very hard thing to accomplish. There is tenderness here. Other poems about love are included. Daily life and people are compared and described as images from nature.
I'm taking notes. It is out of print. This is one of my gifted books.