Pruning Burning Bushes

By Sarah M. Wells

Pruning Burning Bushes

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  • ISBN: 9781620323304
  • Pages: 88
  • Publication Date: 6/1/2012
  • Retail Price: $12.00
Web Price: $9.60
Web Price: $9.60

Pruning Burning Bushes

By Sarah M. Wells

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  • ISBN: 9781620323304
  • Pages: 88
  • Publication Date: 6/1/2012
  • Retail Price: $12.00
Web Price: $9.60

About-

In pruning, a decision must be made whether to "either slowly hollow, heartwood rotting outward, / or grow from green into a fiery blaze in autumn." Pruning Burning Bushes is a collection of poems that explores the intersection of the natural and spiritual worlds with the personal and familial worlds. The book wrestles with this decision--to grow or to rot. Walking from the valley to the highest summit and back down into the depths of the canyon riverbed, the poems travel through the author's childhood filled with family and farm life, new marriage life, and subsequent miscarriages, the births of her children and deaths of relatives, and walking in the quiet waters of faith, sometimes raging and sometimes rejoicing.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Wells has been granted--and she knows it--the grace to eat life right down to the seed, where the joy of the mystery lies, and the peace that passes understanding. Deft and inventive with strict form, with ambitious narrative, and with the poignant perspective that, when called for, comes of becoming a small child, Wells equally thrives on the merest simplisms of faith, on the densest meditation, and above all on her experience of full humanity, turning all to stunningly cogent advantage."
--Sydney Lea, author of Six Sundays Toward a Seventh

"Where Suburbans 'honk and veer' behind a neighbor's combine and Jesus walks into a bar to play pool with farmers, the poems of Sarah Wells study those juxtapositions of the urban and the rural, the wild and the agrarian which we live with in this country often without noticing. She notices and responds with the empathy of Theodore Roethke for the vulnerable non-human world and the visionary understanding of St. John of Patmos who knew a sign when he saw one. It is a pleasure to read a book of poetry dedicated to 'spirits reckless with praise and the need to be filled.'"
--Mark Jarman, author of Bone Fires: New and Selected Poems

"Sarah Wells's droll, evocative title perfectly fits her collection of poems, a series of 'double exposures' that superimpose the biblical on a background of rural Ohio. On that quilt-like ground, individual poems rich in the specifics of their time and place offer scenes from married life and motherhood, aging, and the process of accepting (but not erasing) inevitable losses . . . This is a book to savor, not in haste but slowly, so as to enjoy the unobtrusive rightness of the language, the mature but unjaded view of the human condition, the depth under the playfulness."
--Rhina P. Espaillat, author of Her Place in These Designs

"Pruning Burning Bushes balances Wells's spiritual life with humor; there's the bawdy life of carnivals and yet a true spiritual practice mixed harmoniously in. The personality of the author comes through attractively."
--Sandra McPherson, author of Expectation Days

Contributors-

Sarah M. Wells

Bio(s)-

Sarah M. Wells serves as the Administrative Director of the low-residency MFA program at Ashland University, where she is also Managing Editor for River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative and the Ashland Poetry Press. Her poems and essays have appeared in Alimentum, Ascent, Christianity & Literature, JAMA, Measure, New Ohio Review, Nimrod, Poetry East, River Teeth, Rock & Sling, and elsewhere. Her essay "Those Summers, These Days" was included as a notable essay in the next Best American Essays anthology. She lives with her husband and three children in Ashland, Ohio. You can follow Sarah at www.sarahmwells.com.

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