Nan Lundeen's powerful collection of thirty-eight poems introduces the reader to women who refuse to wear pantyhose, who rebuff the duty train, and who discover the magic of a redemptive red bra. Her poetry celebrates the Goddess in her many guises, the Earth swathed in its solstitial shrouds, and the power of a women's circle. It reclaims the Persephone-Demeter myth as two independent women and celebrates the "unafraid dark soul" on the longest night of the year. The ancient Eastern goddess, Quan Yin, speaks "soft as a bell offshore/soft as a white petal/dusting cheek of Muse." The Earth awakens in April and, "the trees -- the narrow trees/seemingly dead/everywhere singing with frothy green." Lundeen's poetry honors the robust women of her Iowa heritage -- her late grandmother who becomes an angel, stirring soap in the farmhouse basement as an Easter ice storm rages; her mother, Marian, who refuses to relinquish her singing voice to dementia; and Aunt Geneva, who struggles like a sumo wrestler with her corset on her wedding day. She finds spirituality in simple scenes, "The praying tree/one gray arm curved upward/as if she were a war veteran/who refuses to relinquish faith," and she finds grace in her little dog who sits beside her while she brushes her teeth: "Nobody else I know will do that."
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About the Author
Nan Lundeen's poetry has been published in literary magazines, among others, the College of Charleston's Illuminations, The Petigru Review, and online in the Iowa Review's Iowa Writes. The Iowa native teaches Moo/Mu of Writing workshops based on her handbook, Moo of Writing: How to Milk Your Potential. A former journalist, she and her husband, Ron DeKett, a freelance photographer, live in rural southwestern Michigan.