New and Selected Poems
Thematically Wentworth's poems invite us to view nature as a site of reflection and healing, to consider the power of familial bonds and friendships, and to broaden our awareness of human rights and social justice. Regional settings appear throughout, indicative of Wentworth's commitment to represent her adopted home state of South Carolina in her work. She skillfully employs a variety of forms, from prose poems to sonnets to elegies to list poems, making for a rich and interesting trek through this "best of" collection of her poems to date.
This collection includes a foreword by the poet Carol Ann Davis, author of Psalm and Atlas Hour and assistant professor of English at Fairfield University.
About the Author
"Marjory's poetry weaves a tapestry as lush as Guernica. Her uncompromising resolve, generosity, and common sense course through these lyrical, wind-swept poems. Her voice is soothing and prophetic, spanning human and natural histories. Personal and political become one, whether in barren dunes where children unearth manacles, in cancer wards, through childhood memories and tabloid photos, in dreams that far too often find their fire in an unsettled world that she tries to comprehend and share through song."—William Allen, NEA-winning poet and a United Nations communications specialist
"Marjory Wentworth has mastered the art of the familial. The poems here strike a marvelous balance of history and prescience, in language both powerful and plain. The beauty of this collection is not that we are reacquainted with her colorful verse, or that we discover the newer treasures, rather that she has kindly offered us the best of both, painting our troubling and pleasant world like only a brilliant woman-poet full of life could."—Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover: A Novel in Verse
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