An elegiac array of poems, with nostalgic themes of loss, longing, betrayal and forgiveness, Relative Sanity reflects on a lifetime in Michigan’s north country.
“This lovely collection is a kind of travel narrative by a writer who ‘can never get enough sky.’ In poem after poem, she travels the lands of heartache and joy with grace, clarity and wisdom.” — Jerry Dennis, author of Up North in Michigan: A Portrait of Place in Four Seasons
“Within this stunning collection, Ellen Lord’s poetry takes full flight into the realms of imagination. Deceptively fragile, the poems come to the reader as delicate as glass, but closer exploration reveals the tough structure beneath the lines. Her words carved a place for themselves in my heart: ‘a solitary raven destined to nest on the moon, ‘ ‘fermata of silence, ‘ ‘the sky becomes a palette for memories of going home.’ Prepare for enchantment.”– Sue Harrison, author of national bestselling novel, The Midwife’s Touch
“When Ellen Lord channels her inner Mary Oliver, there is a graceful glow to her spare, rich images that-like a Zen sage-can open the reader. Turn the page and find emotional power and grit rendered with equal skill. The balance of familiarity and surprise makes this expansive collection a joy to read and re-read.” Bob Chelmick, producer/host, www.roadhome.fm
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