by Jeannie E. Roberts
These poems provide a lyrical vocabulary for the seasons of a closely and passionately observed place, and in doing so, remind us of the power of the well observed life, with its ongoing seasons, and how poetry, when it accurately reflects the world around us, reinforces our connection to that world.
―Max Garland, author of
The Postal Confessions and
Hunger Wide as Heaven, and
Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate 2013-2014
A collection for the heart and the senses, reveling in sounds, sights, and scents, wryly declaring life lessons, sinking into grief, letting nostalgia slowly slip through the fingers. The gleeful wordplay, natural rhythms, and quiet musings will open your soul to the significance of each moment.
—Rachel Shields, editor,
SkyLight Paths Publishing
Thickly textured, lush, the world of these poems, as if lit from within, lovely to say and hear, to ponder and dwell.
―Bruce Taylor, author of The Longest You’ve Live Anywhere:
New and Selected Poems 2013
With carefully tuned eye and ear, Jeannie E. Roberts places us, threading the names of the very real streets, parks, trails and towns of her childhood and adult life among poems that pop and snap with rhythm, rhyme and humor. This book is rife with “hubbub/hoopla, hobnob/...ballyhoo in hoots and hollers” and chockfull of the flora and fauna of her Wisconsin home. Yet there is a more personal story to be found in these pages as well. “And what,” she asks a tree frog (and the reader), “have you learned/from your crouch/and camouflage?” Beyond Bulrush makes clear that whether she faces the stories of the past or the unknowns of tomorrow, Roberts has learned to celebrate and armor herself with song, the “drills/trills//spilling notes/of musical flourish.”
―Sarah Sadie (Sarah Busse), Co-Editor, Cowfeather Press and author of
Somewhere Piano, Do It Yourself Paper Airplanes, and
We are Traveling Through Dark at Tremendous Speeds.
Jeannie E. Roberts lives in an inspiring rural setting near Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. She is the author of Nature of it All, a poetry chapbook (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and the author and illustrator of Let’s Make Faces!, a children’s book (Rhyme the Roost Books, an imprint of JR Creative Studios, 2009). Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, her work appears widely in print and online literary journals and anthologies. She draws, paints, and often photographs her natural surroundings. Learn more about Jeannie at www.jrcreative.biz.