They Aren't Your Ducks

By Sally McGreevey Hannay

They Aren't Your Ducks

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  • ISBN: 9781725257528
  • Pages: 88
  • Publication Date: 3/23/2020
  • Retail Price: $12.00
Web Price: $9.60
Web Price: $9.60

They Aren't Your Ducks

By Sally McGreevey Hannay

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781725257528
  • Pages: 88
  • Publication Date: 3/23/2020
  • Retail Price: $12.00
Web Price: $9.60

About-

They Aren’t Your Ducks chronicles twenty mid-life years in the well-examined life of a professional woman, mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend. The poems are about the resilience of love, applied to everything from the angst of academic assessment meetings, to the love of a good dog, to the chaos that addiction can inflict on a family, to the caretaking of aged parents, to the grief and spiritual recovery from family loss. The poet uses a variety of poetic forms to tease out unexpected observations, understandings, and feelings she came to understand through her words and images. These poems have no axe to grind; they are grounded in the human condition and not the body politic. They are unpretentious and joyful and sad and understand the process of being a human, subject to stresses, strains, sorrows, and the inevitable losses and joys of living. The poems celebrate the gains salvaged from loss, the strength that comes only through loss, and the peace revealed by faith and acceptance. If you don’t want to feel anything, don’t read these poems. If you are grieving a loss, these poems will help.

Endorsements & Reviews-

They Aren’t Your Ducks by Sally Hannay is a profoundly engaging book of poems. Whether she’s writing about aging parents, lost things, the heartbreak of a son’s life and early death, or the comforts which save us, Hannay’s honesty and gifts for description are so appealing, readers will feel awakened to the poetry of their own lives in response. I love how she deals with complications. But always keeps listening to that moon, that heron. . . . From the wry turn of the title, to the surprise and discovery throughout, one is drawn in, with deepest gratitude for such a befriending voice.”

—Naomi Shihab Nye, Young People’s Poet Laureate (Poetry Foundation), 2019–2021



“In They Aren’t Your Ducks, Sally McGreevey Hannay writes a window into the experience of losing a child to addiction. These tender poems swim the ocean of grief, guilt, and isolation, navigate that fear of drowning in loss, of being overwhelmed with its scale, its permanence. Hannay allows the form of the sestina to appear and reappear, a perfect setting for the ill-logic of denial, the obsessive and helpless hold that watching someone slip away can have, and, later, the revelation in breaking those patterns of thought and practicing peace in riding that ninth wave which ‘has the scope to crush you. If you’re shoulder deep in the game, / you simply must swim to it.’ There is strength and hope in these beautiful poems, and solace for the reader trying to stay afloat in troubled waters.”

—Sarah Ann Winn, author of the Barrow Street Book Prize-winning Alma Almanac

Contributors-

Sally McGreevey Hannay

Bio(s)-

Sally Hannay is Professor of English at Schreiner University and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has published poems as the recipient of the Conference for College Teachers of English prize for original poetry in 2012 and 2014, and in The Texas Observer. Schreiner awarded her the Atkission Professorship in 2017, allowing her to steal a few more hours to compile this collection of her work.

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