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Do Not Touch

Do Not Touch

by Sandra Ann Winters


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“Sandra Ann Winters’ ‘Our Irish Garden’ is a delicious procession of rhyming couplets using an extended garden metaphor…”
– Leslie McGrath, Judge of the 2019 NY Yeats Society Poetry Prize praises a poem from this collection

Do Not Touch is Sandra Ann Winters’ second full-length book of poetry, in which section I weaves the themes of sexuality, nature, and everydayness. In “Anthurium,” her carefully constructed lines transform an inanimate flower into a sensuous symbol: “moist pink spathes inflorescence in folds, flaring out…the enchantress, painted tongue, poisonous beauty, come here.” Winters often explores intimacy in terms of unusual experiences expressed in language that is infused with imagery: “Nefertiti’s red-painted toes;” “she slips into a Koi pond, her breasts brush against the lily pads, dragonflies buzz.”

Intrigue begins in the title poem “Do Not Touch,” alluding to a museum sign posted above priceless artifacts. But her male companion touches everything in the museum, “You stroked the marble effigy of Margaret Butler, caressed her closed eyes, her cheeks her hair.” The drama of the section opens to “and then you touched me.”

Section II explores tender insights into Winters’ family history and non-sentimental stories of family loss. Her poems are skillfully crafted, forthright and grounded in clarity, eschewing gimmickry and flamboyance. Winters has a keen eye for the natural landscape and everything in it, imbuing her poems with vivid imagery. In “Under the Moon” (nominated for the 2019 Pushcart Prize), “My daddy built the out-of-house for us, whitewashed the walls, cut a star in the door…When I pee to the glinting stars’ tune, I know my daddy was the man-in-the-moon.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912561803
Publisher: Salmon Poetry
Publication date: 03/19/2020
Pages: 70
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


Anthurium 11

Do Not Touch 12

Our Irish Garden 13

Enough Said 14

I like something about just sleeping with a man in the dark 15

I Never Slept with a Woman with Red-Painted Toes 16

The Way She Is 17

I Love 18

Lament for a Husband 19

Daybreak 20

The Spirit Level 21

Day and Night 22

A Luminous Strike 23

Hat in the Wind 24

An Imagined Life 25

The Imprint 26

Falling for You 27

Just Not Quite There Until… 28

The Outing 29

The Law of Attraction 30

Footsteps 31

I Am Learning You 32

Reign in My Heart 33

Dragonfly I 34

Dragonfly II 35

Four Nights to Remember 36

A Room with a Sea View 37

Regret 38

Snow Ballerinas 39

The Night Was Dark 40

Flying Flowers 41

Rejection 42

In the Dew-falling Hours 43

At Dusk 44


Wintering 47

Fishing 48

Under the Moon 50

Scars 51

Atlanta Braves 52

Roaring Water Bay 53

Sherkin Island 54

Pearl to Pearl 55

Pares, Pears, and Pairs 56

From the Mother's Voice 57

Sister 58

Pillowcases 59

Canning Tomatoes 60

Frying Fish 62

There is an Edge to Our Love 63

Ennistymon, Ireland 64

About the Author 64

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