The Want Fire

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If I were a gardener I'd make paintings with petals and light. But I don't know what I am doing. I uproot plants I should save, let slugs eat the roses. I'm restless in a 60 year muddle, am of this earth but without. --from "Restless" In these poems, Wallace uses images in nature to voice the ethereal experience of being human. Thus The Want Fire paints moments--glimpses inside the spirit world--that reside in the physical world around us. Jennifer Wallace lives in Baltimore, MD, and Shutesbury, MA, where many of these poems were written. She teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art, is a poetry editor at The Cortland Review, and a founding editor of Toadlily Press. Her poems, essays and photographs have appeared in artists books, exhibition catalogs, galleries, museums, anthologies, and literary journals. She has published three books of poetry. Soft cover, 64 pages. Published 2015.

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