Slippery Surfaces

Slippery Surfaces

by Donna Spruijt-Metz


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Slippery Surfaces by Donna Spruijt-Metz takes an unflinching journey into personal history, the lies and truths we tell each other and ourselves. The poems show us the illusiveness of memory, mix lyricism with humor to excavate secrets, and to examine love, death and divinity. What are the stories we tell ourselves to get through, and how do they change with time? How do we stand in the physical world as it crumbles around us? How does love build us and change us? These poems return again and again to our relationships with each other, with parents, children, loved ones, and with God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635348903
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Publication date: 04/05/2019
Pages: 38
Sales rank: 617,171
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.09(d)

About the Author

Donna Spruijt-Metz is a poet, translator, and Professor of Psychology and Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her first career was as a professional flutist. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in venues such as Occulum, Naugatuck River Review, Juked and Poetry Northwest. She lives in Hollywood with her husband, the artist Gershom, and their very handsome Australian Shepherd, Yra. She gets restless.

Table of Contents


Ponytail 1

Water Skis 2

To Forgiveness 3

1960—Star of David charm tucked in 6

Dendrochronology for My Mother 7

Daughter and Mother, Amsterdam, Tram 4 8

Cold War 9

Under the Piano 10

My Daughter’s Shampoo 11

Daughter and Mother, Amsterdam, Tram 4 12


Building Materials 14

School Me 15

Cold Call 16

Daughter and Mother, Amsterdam, Tram 4 17

Geryon 18

The Web Teaches the Spider 19

The New Science of Slippery Surfaces 20

Daughter and Mother, Amsterdam, Tram 4 21

Fifteen 23

My husband bought me a mirror 24

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