2016 Finalist: Midwest Independent Publishers Silver Award.
In this early collection, Jane Dickerson weaves the natural world into a rich tapestry to explore her relationships with those whom she loves and has loved.
To read this book is to enter a tapestry and see the many threads Jane Dickerson's poems have made into a garden. It’s the way she shows us what she means by “ ...I loved you anyway I could.”
Hers is careful work, caring work, without stumbling or fumbling. “...when the world was strange/and I saw what wasn’t there,/ what couldn’t be touched, ...this was death, but I was alive.”
Considering other worlds or dimensions through the lens of the worlds presented to her, Dickerson writes, “And now I know where loss lives–/ between worlds, what isn’t said, over years/ sad words made sadder still ...It’s what/ I never dreamt, the never part,/ the part unending, the part that lasts.” Her poems’ energy comes from her experience in marriage, raising a deaf child, and a snow globe of memories.
The poet worries if she’s loved enough, “ ...(I) have lost so much time...” – A worry all of us have, our common concern Dickerson beautifully expresses.
— Sharon Chmielarz, author of The Widow’s House.
Jane Dickerson studied with poets Stanley Plumly and Michael Collier at the University of Maryland at College Park. She now resides in St. Paul, MN, having lived in numerous regions of the northern and southern United States. She works as an editor and book publisher.