By Carol Muske-Dukes
In this enchanting assortment, nationwide publication Award finalist and previous Poet Laureate of California Carol Muske-Dukes composes a lyrical autobiography, tracing her relations heritage from the Dakota prairie to her new lifestyles as a tender mom in la. In “The Separator,” Muske-Dukes writes of her grandfather, a wheat farmer, winnowing, threshing, planting a destiny within the deep black soil of Wyndmere, North Dakota. In “Biglietto d’Ingresso,” she recollects an ideal day in Tuscany, spent along with her destiny husband in a city overlooking a wine valley. “August, la, Lullaby” is a lulling but harrowing description of the beauty of a mom keeping her baby child—and her personal fragility, encountering mortality—as a hummingbird touches the hourglass of the feeder outdoors the window . . . then is gone.
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