A tiny glimpse into my tiny world.
A long time ago, I knew a little girl who always seemed to have a book in her hands. Her mother would read the little girl’s poetry to me sometimes because it was so good, especially for a 6 year old. All these years, I’ve remembered part of one poem in particular which included a line about the little girl staring at the moon, “lonely as a possum.” Over time, I’ve forgotten whether it was the little girl or the moon who was so lonely, but I continue to be amazed by the idea that this very young girl could understand and express so well the plight of the urban possum.
That little girl has grown up, gone to college, and has had her very first chapbook published. It’s called, “In Nonestica,” which is a reference to the Oz series and there are references to the characters and landscapes of Oz throughout the book. She beautifully balances the fantastical imagery of Oz with the bleakness of becoming an adult. Like Oz, it’s mysterious and enchanting, with a girl from a place like Kansas taking us there but continuing to bring us back where we began.
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