A Sudden Truth: New Poems
By Linda Elena Opyr
“We show the value of something/by the way we let it go,” Linda Opyr tells us in a poem about our human reluctance to part with whom and what we love. If she is right, the A Sudden Truth is a guide to all that she values – and of which she cannot quite let go. Her subjects range from the easily overlooked to the unforgettable. To each Opyr brings her own unique brand of attentiveness – composed of equal parts of reverence and irreverence, of grief and delight.
-Sue Ellen Thompson
Linda Elena Opyr stands in a center, open around her to whatever shape her life is taking, whether it be the small pleasures of a wiggle puppy under bedcovers or the “ripe stare” of orange pumpkins along an October roadside. Her colloquial language invites us to experience her existence as daughter, sister, teacher, neighbor and delighted observer of the natural world.
Publisher: Birnham Wood Graphics (1999)
Paperback: 96 pages