Rising

Poems for America

By Jane Beal

Rising

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  • ISBN: 9781498221825
  • Pages: 102
  • Publication Date: 4/8/2015
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Rising

Poems for America

By Jane Beal

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  • ISBN: 9781498221825
  • Pages: 102
  • Publication Date: 4/8/2015
  • Retail Price: $16.00
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  • ISBN: 9781498221825
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  • Publication Date: 4/8/2015
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About-

In Rising, poet Jane Beal goes in search of America. She sings the Cherokee Creation story, imagining dialogue between Sky-Woman and First Man. She remembers being a child and exchanging her blood with a Cherokee friend, and then, years later, the birth of that friend's son, Usquaniqdi, whose name means "miracle."

In her poems, she gives voice to women from American history such as the mother Pocahontas, the midwife Martha Ballard, and the preacher Sojourner Truth. She enters into conversation with American writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman. In "Song of my Soul," she re-writes the Orphic myth for the whole world; the "Song" is the magnum opus of her collection.

She later turns from human voices to Nature's creatures, watching the Stellar's Jay, Mourning Dove, and Great White Egret in flight. She explores the landscapes of California, Colorado, and New Mexico, the city of Vallejo, and the high Sierras, where she notices a simple marmot at home in the wild. In the last poems of the book, she moves from meditations on rainfall to the stars shining in the night sky above.

This is an extraordinary collection by a significant American poet.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Poetry is memorable language, according to W. H. Auden. Rising is a work of such vividness that I kept thinking about the poems long after I closed the book. Jane Beal is a strong poet with a sharp eye for landscape, a deep sense of history, and an intimate way of writing her language is never less than bracing. I admire her work, and I hope that readers make their way toward this fine collection."
--Jay Parini, author of The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems

"Jane Beal's poems draw deeply upon the energies of earth and sky, bearing witness to the ways the life force manifests in birds nesting and flying, in women giving birth, in rivers and wind and song. Reaching across time and continental boundaries, they take the reader to quiet places of encounter with self and others and God. This is a collection to be entered and navigated slowly, accepting its invitation to slow down, see into others' stories and take stock of one's own longing for sacred gifts."
--Marilyn McEntyre, author of Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies

Contributors-

Jane Beal

Bio(s)-

Jane Beal is a poet and professional writer. She has created more than a dozen poetry collections, including Sanctuary (2008) and Epiphany (2011), as well as three recording projects: Songs from the Secret Life, Love-Song, and with her brother, saxophonist and composer Andrew Beal, The Jazz Bird. She also writes fiction, creative non-fiction, and literary criticism. She has served as a professor at Wheaton College and Colorado Christian University, teaching creative writing and literature, and as a midwife in the US, Uganda, and the Philippines. She currently teaches at UC Davis. To learn more, visit http://sanctuarypoet.net.

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