This first collection by an all-American poet (who's almost a century old) opens with an honest and heart-warming section of autobiographical poems. She then goes on to include portraits of nature, places and people (including "Dallas" about John F. Kennedy)--and delightful light verse about the quirks of our lives, both in rhyme and free verse. Walko uses imagery as well as personal experience to bring alive the rewrds and challenges of our rich, varied world--captured momemts that show joy and pain and beauty. and in a society that glorifies youth, she provides some surprising insights on aging. This book takes its title from a small poem, and represents Walko's philosophy--appreciation of what life brings. Some of her most moving poems are domestic, as in "Through My Kitchen Window" which finds in women's daily lives both pleasure and mystery. There are poems about growing up, nature, love, marriage, work, religion, children--and the loss of a child, changing times, being short, the United States and even about writing. As Walko once said, "If you love something, it will reveal to you its secrets." She writes with touching honesty and wisdom about her own life--and therefore about our lives as well.
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Ann Walko is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and also wrote several plays and short stories, with one essay winning an Atlantic Monthly contest (1961). Her historical biography, Eternal Memory, is composed of tales full of warmth and humor about her Carpatho-Rusyn immigrant family from Slovakia and about her early life in industrial Pittsburgh. As late as age 92 she continued to write, paint and do volunteer work.
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Description du livre Anderson Publishing, 2000. Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire M1929706162