“This is not what is true, merely true.” Images of intrusion, aggression, martyrdom, achievement, pilgrimage move in and out of these poems as they move in and out of our dreams, their relation to the lived life real but imponderable. Phyllis Stowell’s writing seems to acquire a new clarity and strength of purpose, paradoxically, as it plunges into the mysterious. For me this stands with Arc of Grief at the top of her work.
About the Author:
Phyllis Stowell, Ph.D., is a Professor Emerita and Founding Member of Saint Mary's College of California MFA. She is the author of five small press poetry collections of poetry. Her poems have appeared in over forty traditional and avant-garde reviews. She is co-editor of APPETITE, Food as Metaphor, An Anthology of Women's Poetry (BOA Editions, Ltd). Her most recent book, SHIELD/Bouclier, is a bilingual limited edition of 150 copies, with art by Pacia Sallomi and French translation by the Claire Malroux (Gallimard).