Words like Pebbles

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The poems in this book, most of them tucked away in diaries, old notebooks, and journals, were written over a span of sixty years. The women who wrote them were born in a century of great events, and their lives in turn were shaped by its significant discoveries and inventions, such as the automobile, the telephone, Salk vaccine, household appliances, television, space travel, the computer chip. Listen to the poetic voice of Abbie, Linda, and Jessica as it echoes across three generations. Although style and form ...
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Overview

The poems in this book, most of them tucked away in diaries, old notebooks, and journals, were written over a span of sixty years. The women who wrote them were born in a century of great events, and their lives in turn were shaped by its significant discoveries and inventions, such as the automobile, the telephone, Salk vaccine, household appliances, television, space travel, the computer chip. Listen to the poetic voice of Abbie, Linda, and Jessica as it echoes across three generations. Although style and form differ, common themes of expression emerge in their efforts to capture in a finite space the vastness of human experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595176571
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Pages: 111
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Preface xv
Acknowledgements xvii
Introduction xix
Words like pebbles xix
Trilogy I1
Fantasy 3
I Love You 4
Find a way to remember 5
Trilogy II7
Remembering 9
I Love You (But Please Close the Door!) 11
Six Hours Ago 12
Trilogy III15
Simple Simile 17
What is Eternity? 18
Fortuneteller 19
Trilogy IV21
New Hope 23
Actuality 24
Fields 25
Trilogy V27
Living Example 29
I Cannot Love You Nobly 30
Shroud 31
Trilogy VI33
Ups and Downs 35
Thy Vessel, Lord 36
Maybe, It Seems Like I'm Still Breathing 37
Trilogy VII39
Dear Mrs. Murray 41
Bread of Heaven 42
Crumbs 43
Trilogy VIII45
Of Course! (The River Speaks) 47
Psalm 91 Paraphrased 48
Height 50
Trilogy IX51
Heaven Born 53
Presence 55
Fish 56
Trilogy X57
Door Knobs 59
Destinations 61
(George) 62
Trilogy XI63
My Treasure Chest 65
My Friend's Cat 66
My Room 67
Trilogy XII69
A Rocking Solution 71
Assurance 72
Word 73
Abbie Lydia Tiffany Boynton 75
Abbie's Story 77
Why a Teacher? 79
A Teacher 80
Phenomenon 81
Our Visitor 83
The Martyr 85
To Connie 86
Problem or Disposition 87
Linda Lee Boynton Pedersen 89
Linda's Story 91
Rest 93
Be All I Need 94
What More? 95
Roar of Silence 96
Jessica Lee Pedersen 97
Jessica's Story 99
Untitled I 101
Untitled II 102
Asleep 103
Funeral 104
No one asks 105
Labor 106
Grandmother 108
Mother Planting 109
Embryo 110
Afterword 111
The Legacy Continues... 111
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2002

    Like snow on raven's back....

    there is a pure and understated elegance to these poems. The book is unique in that the poems touch the heart of human experience across three generations of one family. Each compliments the other. There is gracefulness to their writing and the poems flow as you read. The writing of all three women is spare and though some poems are truly personal they are always accessible. Jessica's poetry is mystical at times and her imagery in poems like Fields, Shroud, and Fish is just beautiful. Although I read through the book at least three times, after hearing Linda and Jessica read aloud I opened the book again and found new ways of seeing the poems. Its a wonderful collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2001

    Powerful, Beautiful

    Jessica is a fabulous artist. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2001

    Three Women, Related, Share Their Life

    This is a book written by three women related to each other but in different generations. How they think and relate their stories so much together but in some ways very different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2001

    Words like Pebbles

    A most enjoyable read! I found myself reading it from beginning to end in one sitting...and will read it again! A very unusual format, one that should appeal to all readers, of all generations. I especially enjoyed the Trilogy...three women, three generations, three perspectives, and three writing styles. It was interesting to see that these three ladies could effectively express their thoughts and feelings through poetry, for themselves, for the reader, and for their generations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2001

    The Poetic Voice of Three Generations

    This is a unique anthology in that it spans three generations of women who were born and lived in the twentieth century. The way the book is constructed in trilogies of poems with related themes, along with the authors' life stories, will appeal to a wide variety of people, young and old. The interspersed photos add interest. These women share their most personal life experiences. Each time I pick up this book, my perceptions are challenged and I am touched by something new. Especially appealing to women, I think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2001

    unique

    I enjoyed reading these poems. Some brought tears to my eyes. It is 'grass roots' America. It certainly shows the generational traditions important to all of us and to this family. Uniquely set up and held my interest in one setting. However, I have returned to reread and to really enjoy--each time to pick up on something new. Excellent job to make a family`s poetry almost spiritual! This should be in everyone`s library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2001

    Words like Pebbles

    I enjoyed getting to know Abbie, Linda, and Jessica through their works and stories. The photographs spoke volumes, as well as their poetry. Their life's struggles and praises became the author's common bond...so beautifully put on paper. The connection to the present with the final entry was precious. A book that I will read again and again. It spoke to my heart.

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