as if a dry wind
Pecan Grove Press

 
 

Gregory Thiesen found my poem "Shore" in Sam Hamill's 2003 anthology, "Poets Against the War" and wrote this music. (The poem can also be found in my book, "as if a dry wind".) There's a recording of it on this website if you want to listen. It sounds just like the birds looked.

 
 

"This is a book of wonderful stories. The poetry they are told in is taut, spare, and muscular, yet they go softly, in a returning movement, like completely natural things--waves, or branches, or snow on the wind, or women remembering."

Ursula LeGuin

 
 

Evening Primrose

No breeze this evening,

only breath released

when each pale shell pops

open. Yellow petals quiver,

spread fragrance into darkening

green, until the whole

plant shudders as if a dry wind

or a large bird has passed.

There is no wind, no wings—

one by one, together

yellow flowers

spread against the dark.

 
 

This book is now available directly from the author:

Helen Frost

6108 Old Brook Drive

Fort Wayne, IN 46835

(U.S.A.)

or:

info@helenfrost.net

 
 

"Reading Helen Frost’s as if a dry wind, I am awed by the sureness, the steadiness, the generosity of voice and of vision informing each poem, as well as by a mastery of craft so subtle I’m often not aware, during first reading, of the range of forms – traditional and open – in which they are written. Whether in the personas of others, or speaking from personal experience, Frost’s poems befriend us with the insights and patience of one who has lived well, loved well, and learned to make peace with loss. These compassionate poems speak to the best in each of us. They will – in the words of the poet – cradle “the weight [we] carry, as a well-made canoe/ cradles those who guide it down a river,/ holding their strength in its own.” As if a dry wind is one of the wisest, most life-affirming, books I have ever read."

Ingrid Wendt, winner of the Yellowglen Prize for The Angle of Sharpest Ascending, and of the Editions Prize for Surgeonfish.

 
 

"This is a book of wonderful stories. The poetry they are told in is taut, spare, and muscular, yet they go softly, in a returning movement, like completely natural things--waves, or branches, or snow on the wind, or women remembering."

Ursula LeGuin

 
 

"I feel a calm acceptance of the universe's co-operative nest when I read your poems." Sarah Gadon