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The poems in Sara Ingram's Sounds of House and Wood offer a grand amalgam of joy and doubt, summer and winter, play and work. Most of all, they are love poems: love of childhood, of marriage, of self-discovery, of New England. Down East field stones in all their beauty and strength inhabit the book, as do the seasons, especially the beauty and harshness of winter. In "Spring Snow," Ingram writes, "My heart harkens to the / plain face of winter. / Puritan maid: / no frills, no color, no falsity." The poet is a tough searcher for truth, and she revels in flinging convention to the winds. But she is above all tender-hearted. The book contains a memorable series of love poems, love for her husband of many years and love for all of nature. In "Bruegel##39s Cardinal" Ingram tells how her heart expands at the sight of a brilliant cardinal: "I drink / tomorrow s hopes / from your flash of red."
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Sara Ingram has been involved with literature and arts-related pursuits for many years. A former editor of the Globe Pequot Press, she has attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Suffield Writers' Conference, and the Frost Place. A dancer and choreographer, Sara has received grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts for a danced production of "A Child's Christmas in Wales" and for her work in dance and education at the American School for the Deaf. A certified teacher, she has been an instructor of the gifted in Connecticut public schools for the past twenty-five years. Sara is a member of the Connecticut Storytelling Center and the Connecticut River Poets. She lives in Deep River, Connecticut, with her husband, Peter.Review:
Sara Ingram's poems are the genuine New England article, full of attentiveness, grace and that stringent love born of relentless Januaries. Her tone is tender yet informed by a keen awareness of blessings found and sometimes lost. The landscape she summons is at once modest and everlasting--the work of the poet's eye and the weather of true feeling. --Baron Wormser
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Book Description Antrim House, 2013. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1936482509