July 17, 2009

Snow, Shadows, a Stranger by Laury A. Egan

Snow, Shadows, a Stranger
POEMS by Laury A. Egan

I devote this book to loves lost,
to those leaving or who will leave,
to my own final exit.

With these lines from the opening poem, Laury Egan draws the reader into a stranger’s world where she considers childhood hopes and shadowy lovers, the loss and loneliness of middle age, and the awareness of the approaching last stage of life, whispering ominously in the wings. Written with lyric intensity, Snow, Shadows, a Stranger celebrates the forest, field, and sea as the poet weaves her experience of the natural with the emotional and philosophical.

“Hardness fits my hand / carves the contours of my dark hope,” writes Laury Egan. Snow, Shadows, a Stranger is indeed often dark. We endure with her “white spikes of lightning” and “tick of sleet.” We learn how to survive longing and loss as she has. Her “affinity for shadows” helps us cope with our own. But this is also a book of hope. Her lush imagery of the natural world propels us beyond the shadows; she engages all our senses and we emerge from the book renewed, as if we too were “wild onions greener than new grass.” Egan is a woman of courage, hers is a poetic voice unafraid.
—Karla Linn Merrifield, Midst; Godwit: Poems of Canada; and Dawn of Migration and Other Audubon Dreams

Laury A. Egan’s poetry has received a Pushcart Prize nomination and has appeared in The Emily Dickinson Awards Anthology, Icarus International, Atlanta Review, Willows Wept Review, The Ledge Magazine, Sea Stories, The Centrifugal Eye, and Main Channel Voices. She has also published short fiction, writes psychological suspense novels, and is a fine arts photographer.

Her web site: http://www.lauryaegan.com/

80 pages, 5½ x 8½ inches, hand-sewn, soft cover $16

Laury Egan is available for readings.

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