Publisher: Aldrich Press (November 15, 2013)
Reviewed by: g emil reutter
Laura Grace Weldon has a gentle brutal voice in this exceptional collection of poems. It is reflected in the opening stanza and closing two stanzas of Ruminating, a poem about the family cow.
Animals are incapable
of higher thought and emotions
or so I was taught
She moves to the last two stanzas, the gentle Isabelle is observing the farm family as she relaxes in the pasture along the fence line, ruminating….
Isabelle regards us
from the nearby fence line
her soft lips moving
as she chews, ruminating.
Our breath hangs in the cold air
smelling of her son
roasted with onion, herbs, wine
In Santa Clara County V. Southern Pacific Railroad, Weldon reflects wealth traveling through rural poverty with images that pop from the page:
The day a car uncoupled,
spilling frozen beef,
armed guards arrived to destroy the cargo
but hungry people pushed onto the tracks
They bent gladly all the way home
Bearing suppers heavy promise.
Torn hillside nearly empty, still
those who know what it is to be broken
stand on crushed grass
staring at tracks
leading away from here.
The poem, Making it Work, concerning domestic strife, the wife is surrounded…
Where everything is beige and brown framed in flowered wall paper.
In these poems Weldon creates images that reflect not only the beauty of rural American life but of the brutal reality that it truly is.
You can check out the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Tending-Laura-Grace-Weldon/dp/0615913423
-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA) https://gereutter.wordpress.com/