Toward the Clearing (Boxed Set)

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Jean describes her poetry as “a choreography of words” as she joins her poetry with musical accompaniment. Her poetry book includes a CD of the poems accompanied by oboe, english horn, flute, piano, fretless banjo, violin, and balafon in the final product that is a beautiful collaboration with regional musicians. Jean’s work has previously been published in the Great Smokies Review, the Online Publication of the Great Smokies Writing Program in Asheville, North Carolina.

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With a painter's eye, a musician's ear, and a poets heart, ]ean Cassidy evokes the telling details of a world, one that is at once present and vanished. Hers is a sensibility that locates the ponderous in the intimate, bringing into poignant relief the past that persists and embellishes our days.

--Holly Iglesias, Author of' Angles of Approach

In this fine new collection of poems, Jean Cassidy takes on the small and ordinary in life, which indeed is the groundswell that nourishes a human being and makes us real to one another. She "honors small things" that exist "in ordinary time." To Jean, this means not onryrthe environment and history per se but close Family and on out to the generations she so unequivocally stitches together with silk threads both delicate and sturdy. To do this, one must write (and ride) a thin line, assuming the persona of a child then flipping like an acrobat to see the same circumstances from the view of a mother, Father, or brother... Humor, great kindness, and sorrow allow her to make her journey ours. The insights are revelatory, bright and dark in an instant...These poems have a large heart, and we grow stronger through reading them--one by one, life by life. What a varied gathering of private and historical perspectives we have here to treasure.

--Katherine Soniat, Author of The Swing Girl
Product Details
ISBN: 9780615953694
Publisher: Main Street Rag
Publication Date: March 26th, 2014
Pages: 45