Great Blue

Great Blue

by Susan Sibbet


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Poetry. GREAT BLUE, a posthumous collection of poems by Susan Herron Sibbet, spans three decades, from her first published works to her death in 2013. Her world is large, encompassing both nature's bounty—great blue herons, two vast blue oceans, the blue globe itself—and the smallest details of domestic life: jam jars, broken china, burnt toast. Her voice is that of a woman fully engaged in what makes us human: the tangled emotions of family, the love of language, the embrace of living, the awareness of death. GREAT BLUE embodies all that is dear to us, from the sorrows of our conflicted lives to the sudden joys of existence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939639110
Publisher: Sixteen Rivers Press
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Susan Herron Sibbet, one of the seven founders of Sixteen Rivers Press, published her first full–length poetry collection, NO EASY LIGHT, with the press in 2004. She was also the author of two poetry chapbooks, the co-author of a third, and the author of a combined cookbook and book of poems, Burnt Toast and Other Recipes. A longtime San Francisco resident, Susan was devoted to California Poets in the Schools, where she served both as acting director and president of the board and taught for many years in the CPITS program for younger children. Her novel, The Constant Listener, a fictional memoir by Theodora Bosanquet, the amanuensis to Henry James, will be published this fall by Ohio University Press.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii


I Come from the Corner of Walnut and Elm 3

Caesura 4

Things My Sisters and I Could Do in Summer 5

Edges Like Toast 6

Southern Station 7

In 1949 8

Growing Up as a Navy Junior 9

Heartland 10

Losing the Way 11

Before I Begin

Predator, Thrumming 15

Bread Haiku 16

Toast 17

Jam Jars 18

Old China 19

Please Porridge: Shopping Hints 20

To the Colma Dump 22

Ten Poems I Want to Write 23

Before I Begin 24

Something, Inertia 26

Evidence That Couldn't Be Given 27

Being Wrong 29

Hymn: A Sonnet 30

Linen Closet 31

Silent, Rainy 32

Susan's Muses 33

I know I won't be justified 34

The Reception 36

Beauty Shop 37

Lipstick 38

Laudromat 39

The Cars of '57 40

The Sailing Lesson 41

Brushing 42

Partial Military Honors 43

In Wet Weather 45

Winter Storm 46

Moon Aquarium

Creed 49

Bull's Head 50

Invocation 51

Estate Sale 52

Final Odors 53

Skogsparti: On Behalf of the Skogs 54

To the Six Appearances 55

Berkeley No, 20 by Richard Diebenkorn 56

Le Repos sous le lilas 57

Water Is My Only Home

Sonnet 61

Water Is My Only Home 62

Great Blue 64

Three Planets 66

This Once the Eclipse 68

The Stairs 69

Night 70

The Radiation Waiting Room 71

Too Much Sleep 72

The Next Day 74

Each Moss Sleeps 75

To Sing and Sing Again 76

The Right Angle for Heaven

About the Author 79

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