New Year's Day Poetry Friday: Lisa Russ Spaar

7 years ago

Photo: Dan Addison, UVa.

You may recall that earlier in 2009 we celebrated Lisa Russ Spaar with these words from the judges of the Library of Virginia Literary Award: “her poems ‘abound in surprising inversions of syntax, and a diction striking for its sudden shifts from demotic to baroquely laden speech — from imagistic precision to statement.’”

What better way to celebrate the end of 2009 and the coming (always trailing hope) of a new one than by sharing a gift Lisa has given to us? We at WVFC are the grateful recipients of a bouquet of poems of Ms. Spaar’s, and we shall happily offer one each Friday of January as a way of setting high the bar of Poetry Fridays and of starting the year in jubilation.

This teacher/poet has the eye of a seer and the talent of a goddess. In the end, she is an earth-bound woman like the rest of us, but in her case, she has the capacity to reach out and touch us all.

Read Lisa Russ Spaar's poem at Women's Voices For Change

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