Fallen Water by Sally Thomas
“This wonderful collection begins with a love poem, an epithalamion, in fact, though hardly a traditional one. The speaker is inside making coffee, thinking about her love who has been out in the yard, drawn to a little pool of water in a rock . . . Though “it’s a brevity,” the poet says, “Still, there it is,” unimportant to all but her love who will “pour water on it now/and again,” and “make it brim . . . an unspoken/ Endearment” for some bird “to light there and drink.”
Spoken endearments may be the best way to describe Sally Thomas’s poems. Throughout the book, she seeks to find the eternal in the ephemeral: ghosts of aunts and parents past, an infant buried in Holy Week, a daughter on her way somewhere, now past the security checkpoint, “shifting her backpack/With its mortal weight to her other shoulder.” These precisely written poems remind us of how we all “Hoard the jangling coins” of memory as “the line moves forward,” for “this is what is real/The line moving forward.”
If you wonder where the wisdom and music of poetry have gone these days, alight here to sip from the wealth of this book.”
——-Bruce Guernsey, editor emeritus of The Spoon River Review and author of From Rain: Poems 1970-2010
Sally Thomas’s poems, essays, and fiction have appeared in such venues as First Things, Dappled Things, Sonora Review, Southern Poetry Review, and The New Yorker, as well as in the British journals Seam, Smiths Knoll, and The Rialto. Her short story “Someone Who Loves Her” was recently shortlisted for the Tuscany Prize in Catholic Fiction. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and four children and teaches poetry writing through the Homeschool Connections online high-school program.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]