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Words like Pebbles by Jessica Lee Pedersen

The poems in this book, most of them tucked away in diaries, old notebooks, and journals, were written over a span of sixty years. The women who wrote them were born in a century of great events, and their lives in turn were shaped by its significant discoveries and inventions, such as the automobile, the telephone, Salk vaccine, household appliances, television, space travel, the computer chip. Listen to the poetic voice of Abbie, Linda, and Jessica as it echoes across three generations. Although style and form differ, common themes of expression emerge in their efforts to capture in a finite space the vastness of human experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595176571
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/2001
Pages: 132
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordxiii
Prefacexv
Acknowledgementsxvii
Introductionxix
Words like pebblesxix
Trilogy I1
Fantasy3
I Love You4
Find a way to remember5
Trilogy II7
Remembering9
I Love You (But Please Close the Door!)11
Six Hours Ago12
Trilogy III15
Simple Simile17
What is Eternity?18
Fortuneteller19
Trilogy IV21
New Hope23
Actuality24
Fields25
Trilogy V27
Living Example29
I Cannot Love You Nobly30
Shroud31
Trilogy VI33
Ups and Downs35
Thy Vessel, Lord36
Maybe, It Seems Like I'm Still Breathing37
Trilogy VII39
Dear Mrs. Murray41
Bread of Heaven42
Crumbs43
Trilogy VIII45
Of Course! (The River Speaks)47
Psalm 91 Paraphrased48
Height50
Trilogy IX51
Heaven Born53
Presence55
Fish56
Trilogy X57
Door Knobs59
Destinations61
(George)62
Trilogy XI63
My Treasure Chest65
My Friend's Cat66
My Room67
Trilogy XII69
A Rocking Solution71
Assurance72
Word73
Abbie Lydia Tiffany Boynton75
Abbie's Story77
Why a Teacher?79
A Teacher80
Phenomenon81
Our Visitor83
The Martyr85
To Connie86
Problem or Disposition87
Linda Lee Boynton Pedersen89
Linda's Story91
Rest93
Be All I Need94
What More?95
Roar of Silence96
Jessica Lee Pedersen97
Jessica's Story99
Untitled I101
Untitled II102
Asleep103
Funeral104
No one asks105
Labor106
Grandmother108
Mother Planting109
Embryo110
Afterword111
The Legacy Continues...111

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Words like Pebbles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
there is a pure and understated elegance to these poems. The book is unique in that the poems touch the heart of human experience across three generations of one family. Each compliments the other. There is gracefulness to their writing and the poems flow as you read. The writing of all three women is spare and though some poems are truly personal they are always accessible. Jessica's poetry is mystical at times and her imagery in poems like Fields, Shroud, and Fish is just beautiful. Although I read through the book at least three times, after hearing Linda and Jessica read aloud I opened the book again and found new ways of seeing the poems. Its a wonderful collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jessica is a fabulous artist. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A most enjoyable read! I found myself reading it from beginning to end in one sitting...and will read it again! A very unusual format, one that should appeal to all readers, of all generations. I especially enjoyed the Trilogy...three women, three generations, three perspectives, and three writing styles. It was interesting to see that these three ladies could effectively express their thoughts and feelings through poetry, for themselves, for the reader, and for their generations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book written by three women related to each other but in different generations. How they think and relate their stories so much together but in some ways very different.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading these poems. Some brought tears to my eyes. It is 'grass roots' America. It certainly shows the generational traditions important to all of us and to this family. Uniquely set up and held my interest in one setting. However, I have returned to reread and to really enjoy--each time to pick up on something new. Excellent job to make a family`s poetry almost spiritual! This should be in everyone`s library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed getting to know Abbie, Linda, and Jessica through their works and stories. The photographs spoke volumes, as well as their poetry. Their life's struggles and praises became the author's common bond...so beautifully put on paper. The connection to the present with the final entry was precious. A book that I will read again and again. It spoke to my heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a unique anthology in that it spans three generations of women who were born and lived in the twentieth century. The way the book is constructed in trilogies of poems with related themes, along with the authors' life stories, will appeal to a wide variety of people, young and old. The interspersed photos add interest. These women share their most personal life experiences. Each time I pick up this book, my perceptions are challenged and I am touched by something new. Especially appealing to women, I think.