these poems are uniquely about everyday life: getting up in the morning, sitting in the kitchen with pets, buying buttons and meeting a salesman, politics, polio, christmas, about time lost, love and beautiful children. the author, growing up in family with polio, living through 2 divorces and the sudden death of a husband, weaves us a story of a single mom brought 'home' through curiosity and the observation of the quirkiness of life anywhere around her: in queens, long island, switzerland, vermont and new york city-that same quirkiness we all share. these poems will resonate with us all.
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About the Author
ellen (aug) 'windy' lytle was raised in Flushing, Queens, and on Long Island in a 'God fearing,' Polio challenged, family. She eloped, quit school at sixteen, had two children by 18 and a third five years later. She has been published in many books, reviews, and journals as well as on-line. lytle was a newspaper editor and a downtown arts reporter from 1989-1994, and even a fashion model for five minutes. She currently teaches creative writing at Bronx Community College and public libraries on Staten Island, and lives in NYC w/musician mike lytle, her dog, goode, and cat, chance.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love this book of poetry for many reasons. The poems are personal, intense, lucid, vivid in imagery. This collection contains more than 100 poems that explore life in NYC and Vermont (“noble barns shiver / hardening into husks / lined up like shadows / of scrub maples”), family, love, death, animals, writing, poetry itself (“that black and white dog / has no landscape left / to paint”), and a thousand other subjects colliding into one another. In the “Poet’s Note” that introduces the book, Ellen Lytle mentions that she’s written over 63 new pieces in the last six years. These are included in HOMEFRONT, but the poems are organized loosely by theme (earth, city, beings, confusion, color) rather than time frame. This works nicely – it allows the reader to meander through them without preconceived notions of “old” or “new.” The book contains drawings by the author and delightfully appropriate epigraphs before each section. Each reading uncovers something new for me. I was familiar with some of Ellen Lytle’s poetry before HOMEFRONT, and it’s really nice to see these pieces in a larger, very satisfying context.