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The poems in Elizabeth Schultz's most recent collection, The Quickening, take us from the tribulations and terrors of the poet's early years through a series of losses that call forth her powers of empathy, finally arriving at "gusts and expectations of rapture." This is indeed the record of a quickening.
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Teacher, scholar, poet, and sailor, Elizabeth Schultz has sailed the seven seas. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, following retirement from the English Department of the University of Kansas, where she was Chancellor's Club Teaching Professor. She remains committed to writing about the people and the places she loves, which include Herman Melville, her mother and her friends, Kansas wetlands and prairies, Michigan's Higgins Lake, Japan (where she lived for six years), and oceans everywhere. She has published two scholarly books, three books of poetry, a memoir, a collection of short stories and another of essays. Her work continues to appear in numerous journals and reviews. Elizabeth Schultz is a dedicated advocate for the arts and the environment.Review:
Schultz's poems pulse with feeling, moving from the dark disturbances of youth to the light that comes with experience and acceptance. They are colored by close observations, and by language that both suits and surprises. In "The Written Air," she writes, "I try to press / my ear against the air, / to listen for messages.... / Flung flaming in the sunset, / or swallowed by clouds are / the words that might save us." The Quickening beautifully articulates this possibility. --Phyllis Beck Katz
The title of Elizabeth Schultz's latest book of poetry, The Quickening, is aptly chosen. "It is the beginning / of time and desire," she writes in the first poem and, at the end, in the title poem, "Let photosynthesis begin." Throughout this volume there is a beginning, a quickening--the growing child is awakened to life just as the adult poet is roused by the natural world. Unsentimental, Elizabeth Schultz is not afraid to face the painful realities of her own growth from childhood desire to mature perception. Her poems suggest the continuing passage of time: earth unfolds in spring, plants absorb the light, life ends, only to begin again in memory. Nothing is predictable about these poems; they are both vividly concrete and universal. Reading them is truly a surprise and a delight. --Alice Wolf Gilborn
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Book Description Antrim House, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M193648272X