Cover Illustration: “Sands of Time” by Karla Linn Merrifield
Foreword by Kenneth Pobo
Karla Linn Merrifield
& Friends: Colleen Powderly, Chris Crittenden, M.J. Iuppa, Michael G. Smith, Eve Anthony Hanninen
Foreword by Kenneth Pobo (excerpt)
This collection has a quiet power, a wisdom born of contemplation and acute observation. This is not light reading. To fully enjoy the work, I found it helpful to reread the poems, including doing so out loud. Readers will find poems that speak quite particularly to their own experiences and feelings. These poems are like bits of colored glass in the light. Depending on the angle from which we look, we find different prisms, evocative shades and textures.
Karla Linn Merrifield & Friends is now one of those books that I keep close at hand, not stuffed on a shelf. I like to return to it, sometimes pick one of the poets and think about what that writer is focusing on. Other times, I like to pick random poems from each poet, see how new patterns take shape. This is a living collection, a joy and a deep pleasure.
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