Ash On Wind

Ash On Wind

by Sandra Berris
Ash On Wind

Ash On Wind

by Sandra Berris


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From irreverent titles to couplets swimming down the page to poems that explicitly take off, Ash on Wind is a whirlwind of poems with everything a collection should have and then some. Sandra Berris draws inspiration from relationships’ defining moments, breathing new perspective into emotion, and uses language to illuminate truth.

In this first volume of her poems, Berris demonstrates her flexibility with forms ranging from experimental and free verse to the demands of cento, eclogue, paradelle, sestina and haiku. She tailors rhythm and rules for each poem bringing shape as well as voice to her varied subjects. With competent use of metaphor, her poems tell stories of dementia, loss, death, lovers and divorce, yet also surprise with humor and whimsy.

From the opening poem recalling the execution of a mass murderer to a hand that releases “ash to wind,” her poems have enough force to push boundaries and startle the reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985991531
Publisher: Muse Ink Press
Publication date: 08/16/2017
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Sandra Berris was born in Chicago, but grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her degrees are from the University of Nebraska and Stanford University. She was co-founder and co-editor of Whetstone, a literary magazine that garnered eleven National Endowment for the Arts/Illinois Arts Council literary awards as well as a 1995 American Literary Magazine Award for editorial excellence during its eighteen years. Her poems have appeared in many little magazines and she was a recipient of Prairie Schooner's Hugh J. Luke Poetry Prize. Her work was anthologized in Best of Prairie Schooner (University of Nebraska Press, 2001). She lives in Carmel by the Sea, California.
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