this book of poems in the morning so you can think about it all
day. Jeanette Hinds goes leaping over nostalgia to the miracle inside
memory. "We knew our duty toward cows," she tells us.
She captures not just present-time feelings about the past, but
more importantly, the feeling of the old days, and she brings that
past feeling up into present clarity.
I have seldom read anything as moving as her latter-day grief at
the smallness of her mother's world, a "four-walled island"
in which Hinds can now gratefully understand her mother's generous
nudges toward knowledge of a far wider world. This is a book about
learning, learning from books and from the lives of family and neighbors,
learning that the world is full of contrasts and that neither member
of a contrasting pair is superior to the other.
is also a book about preserving the names, the personalities, the
activities of a family and its environs. Any family is lucky to
have a preserver who thinks, feels, speaks, and sings like Jeanette
Hinds. Her daughter Jane's photographs, clear and matter-of-fact,
provide important and vivid contrast that supplies context for the
lyricism of the poems.
pages, 2002, 5" x 8", paperbound