Bound Together: Like the Grasses

Bound Together: Like the Grasses


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For sixteen years, five talented poets met over dinner, sharing their lives, the mundane and the sacred, sharing their words: Deborah Cooper, Candace Ginsberg, Ann Floreen Niedringhaus, Ellie Schoenfeld, and Anne Simpson. The evolution and bonding of a writing group remains a mystery. This group of women poets grew in an atmosphere of affirmation, raucous laughter, and gentle challenge. Life stories, ordinary and profound experiences and insights, were shared. In this collection of their work, distinct writing styles and philosophies emerged to express each individual's unique search for understanding, for a patch of ground to stand on in the wind. Walking together through time and transitions, through the dark struggles, and the surprise of joy, they created this collaborative work and wove the scattered sands of their lives together, lending strength to each of their voices. Winner of the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984657070
Publisher: Clover Valley Press
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Deborah Cooper is the author of five poetry collections, most recently "Under the Influence of Lilacs" published by Clover Valley Press. She co-edited the anthologies "Beloved on the Earth: Poems of Grief & Gratitude" and "The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home" (Holy Cow! Press). She was the 2012-2014 Duluth Poet Laureate.

Ellie Schoenfeld is a poet from Duluth, Minnesota. Her most recent book is "The Dark Honey: New & Used Poems" (Clover Valley Press), and she has collaborated with various musicians to produce poetry/music CDs. She was co-founder of Poetry Harbor, served on the board of Spirit Lake Poetry Series, and is grateful to the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for past fellowship support.

Ann Floreen Niedringhaus's poems have appeared in numerous regional and national literary journals and in her two chapbooks, "Life Suspended" and "Parallel to the Horizon." She is preparing her first full-length book, "That Unexplored Terrain." Ann valued her experience of co-teaching poetry writing to inmates at the St. Louis County Jail with Deborah Cooper.

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