Esperanza's Hair (poems)
University of Alabama Press, 1985
Hardcover: 83 pages ISBN: 0-8173-0261-1
Paper: 83 pages ISBN: 0-8173-0262-X
Currently out of print. You may contact me—I have a few copies and would be pleased to autograph one for you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
The craft and vision in these poems are extraordinary but what is shocking about his book is the poet's understanding of the order of things. Peggy Shumaker's poems have a sense for something in the outer world that is being powerfully displaced by something from the inner world—what I'm speaking of is felt in a family when a merciful death is both distanced and balanced with the ordeal of a welcome birth. What we have here finally is a book where experience turns into understanding—an exchange that is, for Shumaker, as natural and yet provoked as breathing itself.
FROM THE BOOK
the blossom end,
the seeds with
one crisp swipe. Cross
one for me, one
Mother with one
and one fist clenched.