Tirades And Evidence Of Grace
By Susan Bright
Austin Book Award, 1991
Violet Crown Award, 1992
The Tirades are just that, how tired we are of the personal, environmental
and political atrocities that have infested the planet. The And poems
are about relationships, love. Evidence is a hard look at things as they
are. The Of section of the book is about the death of the parent. The
Grace poems are a difficult grace--how light filters through even the
darkest hours so courage shines in our souls no matter what.
"They are snapshots of the soul."
Andrew B. Preslar, "Review of Texas Books"
"Like her grandmother and father, Bright was born into a world of books
and has made a life collecting them, teaching them, writing them, and--for
almost two decades now
Elaine Ayala, "Austin American-Statesman"
"A metaphor--trance evolves into acute spiritual awareness in 'Urban Shadow.'
The result of such a vision is not only a sense of personal terror but
knowledge of what can kill the best in humanity: 'I think it has mass
and is a tangible result of logic that shuts down the heart.' How terribly
it does shut down, and how desperately we need poets who can endure the
vision, sacrifice bliss, and strip vagueness from such an enemy that must
be named if logic is ever to be overcome by its superior: the heart."
Holly Hunt Cost, "Small Press"
Photographs by Butch Hancock, 164 pgs., $14.95, ISBN: 0-911051-58-9
Tirades And Evidence Of Grace (1997)
By Susan Bright
Poetry performed by Susan Bright, short flute passages played by John
Hicks. On tape are favorites like Pie, Ice, White Paint and Blue Trim,
and Who the Hell is Gustav?.
44 minutes, $15.95.