Martha Deborah Hall's Two Grains In Time is a journey from
innocence through loss toward wisdom. These are poems of careful
observation. The voice is direct, intimate, certain. The title poem
refers to the narrator's identical twin sister and closest
companion who predeceased her, but who she knows will be waiting
for her at the end of her life with "a cup of tea in hand." All of
the senses are sumptuously attended to in this rich first
collection by a poet of mature sensibilities. Two Grains In Time is
a poetry collection well worth all your time.
Lana Hechtman Ayers, Publisher, Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook
If for Stephen Spender the eye is a "delicate wanderer, / Drinker
of horizon's fluid line," the eye in Martha Deborah Hall's poems
drinks its fill in more intimate territory, closer to home, closer
to the proverbial bone. Before a child on a swing embarks on her
adventure, she notices that her father had set "galvanized bolts
into the apple tree." When she comes back down to earth, the "Knots
under the sides of the cherry plank seat" have kept their sturdy
tension. As this collection swings through the arc of tragedies and
harmonies of a life, Hall's ever-vigilant eye reconnoiters a misfit
yet glorious world full of sometimes troubling and very nearly
always gratifying surprises.
Tom Daley, Poetry Instructor, Boston Center for Adult Education
Seldom does one find a poet who explores the complexities of life
events with such directness, while maintaining that twist of poetic
whim. Both the courageous honesty, and the willingness to proceed
through simple pathways to profound discernment, draw the reader
into the accessible, and somehow familiar, world. I find Two Grains
In Time to be an extremely enjoyable journey, landscaped with the
intrinsic cleansing quality of truth.
Jerri Hardesty, Publishing Editor, New Dawn Unlimited, Inc.
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