Cape Ann and Beyond the Cut Bridge: Culling and Cart-wheeling

Cape Ann and Beyond the Cut Bridge: Culling and Cart-wheeling

by Sharon R. Chace

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Overview

My poems are about places on Cape Ann, in the wider world, and in interior places of mind and heart. I often write poetry about beauty as revelatory of transcendent meanings in nature, community, and intuitions of the divine. The introduction reveals my literary and religious connections to Lucy Larcom, a nineteenth-century writer who is most famous for her book of prose, A New England Girlhood Outlined from Memory and her book of poetry, Wild Roses of Cape Ann. For both my historical soul sister and for me, beauty is sacramental, signaling the Creator in creation. Beauty is beatitude infused. I invite you to contemplate with me. Perhaps our paths will converge. It is my hope that you will discover challenge, comfort, and even joy.

""Part philosopher, part poet, part image maker, writer Sharon Chace captures small-town life with a perceptive eye and a light touch. Cape Ann and Beyond the Cut Bridge is a veritable Whitman's Sampler for the mind, a treat you will go back to time and again, each page offering a different delight.""
--Suellen Wedmore, Poet Laureate emerita, Rockport, MA

""Color experienced as beauty gives comfort. Love of place is partly love of its characteristic colors (blue and green for Cape Ann), experienced as beautiful and thereby comforting. These underlying convictions animate the poems of Cape Ann and Beyond the Cut Bridge and the prose essays that frame them. Nearly two-thirds of the poems 'cull' Cape Ann, reflecting Sharon Chace's deep attachment to this far northeastern projection of Massachusetts, its tip almost cut off from the rest of the state by a river. The poet's visual imagination evokes it for the reader. The rest of the poems make forays down the Atlantic coast to Rhode Island, up into northern New England, west to Michigan, and far west to Arizona, Colorado, California, and Oregon. These are appreciative postcards, marveling notes, sent back home. Finally, it is the poet's visual imagination that brings the sights of western travel together with the daily ones of her eastern dwelling place--'Refreshed again by Eastern green, / Remembering the reds of the West.'""
--Eleanor Berry, President, National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Lyons, OR



Sharon R. Chace is the author of Portfolio of Painterly Poems: A Pilgrim's Path to God (2006), An Artistic Approach to New Testament Literature (2008), Protestant Pulse: Heart Hopes for God (2009), My First Introduction to the New Testament (2011), and Images of Light: Ascent to Trust in Triumph (2013). She continues to write poetry and paints comforting images for people in hospice care.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610978781
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/04/2015
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Sharon R. Chace is the author of Portfolio of Painterly Poems: A Pilgrim's Path to God (2006), An Artistic Approach to New Testament Literature (2008), Protestant Pulse: Heart Hopes for God (2009), My First Introduction to the New Testament (2011), and Images of Light: Ascent to Trust in Triumph (2013). She continues to write poetry and paints comforting images for people in hospice care.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Beauty as Revelation: An Essay of Context xxix

Culling Cape Ann

Angling 3

Hometown Run 4

Situated 5

Tracking 6

A Pet's Passing 7

Kitty 8

Etheree of Time 9

Overcast 10

Writing Life 11

Fulfillment 12

Green Stamp 13

New Englander I Am 15

Deed to the Future 16

Ten Telling Syllables 17

Winter 2008 19

Hearth of Good Will 20

Pitch 21

Rockprot Trio-let 22

Rockport Quatrains 23

Petite Ode to Pigeon Cove 24

Basic Colors 25

Infusion 26

Nor'easter 27

Masked Desire 28

Etheree of Tides 29

Rockport Town Meeting 30

Uncertain Forecast 31

Dumpster Divers 32

Freebie 33

History Lesson 34

Library Trio-Let and Library Trio-Let 2 35

For John Ronan 36

Sky Queens (under Construction) and Sky Queens (constructed) 37

Holy Hopefulness 38

Art Class Sonett 39

Variations on Motif No. 1 40

Poet Reporting 41

Sonnet of Faith 42

Advent Waiting 43

Christmas Tree Sonnet 44

Feeding 45

Glossary of Glory 46

Haiku of Glory 47

Cloudy Beach Day 48

Seven Word Conjuring 49

Dead Whale 50

Summer 51

Legacy of Good Harbor 52

Magnification 53

Sonnet for Sailors 55

Cycle Sonnet and P.S 56

Star Peace 57

Seasoning 58

September Lift 59

Onward and Upward 60

Cart-wheeling Across the Cut Bridge

Cart-Wheeling 63

Albion Haiku 65

Bird Call 66

Horizons 67

Page Turner 68

Well Worn 69

To Walpole with Love 70

A love Trio-let 71

Etheree of Meriden Poetry Society 72

Punctuation 73

Painting Poems 74

A Haiku of Mighty Morning 76

Spring Trio-let 77

Postcart from Michigan 79

Haiku Trilogy 80

Plant Life 81

Found Poem 83

Yosemite in Haiku Notes 84

A Ghazal Celebrating Elder Men 85

Across the Continent 87

Japanese Gardens 88

Painted Hills 89

Blanket of Money Colors 91

East-West Ridges 94

A Cat and a Jesuit 95

Tilt-turn Wundows 96

Winged Warrior 97

Greetings 98

Radiance 99

Butterflies Braiding 100

Epilogue 101

Bibliograph 105

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