Heading Toward Silver Dust: Poems on Aging
Martha Deborah Hall
In her fifth full-length collection, Martha Deborah Hall explores the gifts and vagaries of aging in a voice that is both arresting and as clear as a vinegar-scrubbed window through which she shows us slices of the human condition with poignancy, humor, and a hard-earned gravitas. An astute observer of contemporary life – both inside and out – she offers poems that sparkle with fresh imagery, well-placed turns of phrase, and a deftly-crafted music that never loses the clean edge of ordinary speech. From her compelling free verse to her dazzling use of traditional forms, she asks the vital question of the later stage of life: "As we achieve our sunset / and head toward silver dust / what will be our testimony?" – and answers it in kind. A must-read!
In Heading Toward Silver Dust, the fifth expose in the life of Martha Deborah Hall, she travels through middle age and beyond, staring down the questions we are afraid to ask. Reflecting upon regrets, angry seas, poignant memories, she resolves to continue along the uncharted road, pondering, "Whose engine will my leftover car keys start?" With a zest for life, humorous insight, and tangled emotions, Hall steers down the path of the human experience, with tender hands and the grace of a seasoned poet.
Cover art: Kathleen Andrews Memorial Bench
88 pages, $14.95
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