Monday, September 28, 2009

Announcing Clela Reed's new book *Bloodline*

Dear Friends and Family,

My small book of poetry Bloodline is now available at on the Publications tab. Thanks for the interest many of you have shown in my poetry publications. Dancing on the Rim is still available at the Borders Bookstore in Athens and through the publisher's website
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I'm pasting below comments made about Bloodline.


"These are powerful and lucid poems, alive with true sentiment, but never sentimental, about that inexhaustible, that each-one-different but each-one-the-same subject: family." 

Thomas Lux,  winner of Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, author of God Particles (2008)


"The warm bloodline in these twenty-six uncommonly refined poems flows from Clela Reed's wise and tempered heart, extending not only to family -- pioneer ancestors, ailing parents, siblings, husband and sons -- but also to her Southern homeland, victims of Pompeii, characters from Little Women, trees and flowers and birds. Readers, too, will feel welcomed by these gracious poems, each one conversing in measured tones, each one honoring the joys or sorrows of ordinary life. Open this love-affirming chapbook made by skillful hands: be touched, be embraced, be 'taken actually under someone's wing.'"

 Therese L. Broderick, prize-winning poet, workshop leader, author of Within View

"Clela Reed has so many stories—folksy, sensuous, arresting.  Over the years they have grown more taut, more deft and fluent, without losing the poignancy and arrest of how we meet or do not meet and know each other:  Her father, listening to clouds, her mother in dementia where 'within her walls all seasons blur.' Such moments come with a vivid context of the physical world.  Domestic or wild, this space is shot with unexpected wonder, as Reed bears tough witness to the stark and fragile links that make us whole."

Linda Taylor, poet and professor of English, Oglethorpe University


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