Thirty-five poignant and sensual poems, in which the poet performs word ballet, pirouetting her way through regrets, childbirth and parenting, floods and heat waves. Deeply personal and sensual, the poems offer sympathetic looks at love, both certain and uncertain, plumbing the depths of memory and imagination.
“Hand on My Heart dives into one’s “own mysterious depths/the volcanic source revealed,” as Anara Guard writes in the poem, “Self-Examination.” With great range, Guard explores in lovely language the “Weekly Communion” of trash day, of owls, of the gift of a Mason jar that gets reused again and again. Dip in and savor these poems, one at a time, then return for more sips of poetic nectar.
—Jan Haag, author of Companion Spirit