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.
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