How Still the Riddle

How Still the Riddle

by Francine Marie Tolf, Gale Tolf (Artist)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936671489
Publisher: Pinyon Publishing
Publication date: 12/13/2017
Pages: 94
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.19(d)

About the Author

Francine Marie Tolf's poems and essays have been published widely in journals such as Southern Humanities Review, Poetry East, Contrary Magazine, Rattle, and Water~Stone Review. She has received two Minnesota State Arts Board Grants as well as grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation and the Barbara Deming Foundation. Francine lives and works in Minneapolis, where she loves taking long walks around the city's beautiful lakes and the Mississippi River. She shares an apartment with her golden cat, Lilly.

Gale Tolf was an award winning artist, writer, and teacher with a Masters in Gifted Education. Gale's illustrations have been published widely in literary journals.

For inspiration and subject matter, Gale drew deeply from myths, fairytales, poetry, and the Bible. She was a voracious reader whose favorite authors included Carl Jung, Walt Whitman, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Shakespeare. She once noted that The Bard was one of her best friends: "He knew more about psychology than Freud and had a sense of humor to boot!"

Gale suffered from bipolar disorder. She felt great compassion for anyone dealing with mental illness. These words are from one of the many poetry collections she self-published:

"The next time you see someone suffering from mental illness-perhaps a bag lady muttering to herself and looking godawful-don't avert your eyes. Look her in the eye and talk to her. Inside is a person who wants everything out of life-just like you do. And that person is a warrior. Maybe a wounded warrior, but a warrior just the same. Because inside that human being is an intricate, exquisite mind and a loving benevolent heart-in camouflage-but there."

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Come In, Come In 5

Late Summer Gold 6

The Leopard Lily 7

The Desert Father 9

I Have Known Moments 12

Big Wind 13

At the Fountain of Joy 14

The Night Tree 16

Francis: Two Legends 17

Song 20

Clee, the Fearsome Siamese 21

Sonnet for a Sister (who was once my best friend) 23

Moon 24

Iris 26

Allegra’s Song 27

Five Mushrooms at the Base of a Birch Tree 29

Spring Sniffed 30

Sing Me a Poem 32

Judas 34

Marigolds in November 35

One Day 36

Sheeba, Cat of Cats 39

Lines for a Rainy Night 40

My Secret 41

The Hermit 45

When Misha Sleeps 46

Claire Playing Brahms 47

The Private, Quiet Dreams 50

Fireflies 51

Seals 52

White Horse in Green Dusk 55

The Island of Discussion 58

Fragment 59

The Wild Beasts 60

Goblin Fruit 61

Happiness 62

Lillybird, the Enlightened Cat 63

Children of the Day 64

Summer Night, Listening to Debussy 66

“How Still the Riddle Lies” 67

This Night’s a Witch 69

After Reading the Book of Job 70

The Cottonwood Tree 71

The Moon-Flower 75

All Living Things 77

Farewell 81

About the Author 84

About the Artist 85

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