Women Born During
I'm struck by
this new collection of Joanne Seltzer's poems . . . their toughness,
the clarity of language, the sparse precision of imagery, the lack of
sentimentality despite the authors' ability to empathize so widely and
so well. It's a book that truly lives up to its title as it swirls its
readers along with one memorable moment after another, one strong woman
Joseph Bruchac, Native American writer, storyteller, Editor of The Greenfield
In her new book, Joanne Seltzer takes a long, studied look at the defects in
society, geography, humans and herself. From the alopecia she inherits from her
grandmother to global warming she expresses herself in the voice of the everyday
woman yet one who sees beyond.
Elaine Starkman, author of Learning to Sit in the Silence: Journal of Caretaking
"Women Born During Tornadoes" is a book about essential relationships, of exploring
the deepest emotional bonds which are often filled with tumult and torment. Seltzer's
voice is a deep and assured one deftly handling the complexity of our inner lives.
Whether she is writing of the diverse nature of women's roles, of the artist's
relationship with nature or of the man/woman dynamic, as she so forcefully does
in the 'anti-marriage/marriage' poems, her poems touch us with their vitality.
Alan Catlin, author of Drunk and Disorderly (Selected Poems), Pavement Saw Press
These are crafted accounts of women and their objects, their places and their
times-poems that tremble with seriousness and authenticity.
Marion Deutsche Cohen, poet, mathematician, teacher, author of Crossing the Equal
84 pgs, $14.95