This work focuses on family and the unique and special relationships each of us has with that complexity. This dual collection, featuring Aline Soules (The Size of the World) and Nancy Ryan (The Shape of the Heart), is dedicated to our mothers.
This deeply personal work is elevated by a voice both refreshing and unsettling in its directness as Aline Soules charts the unsentimental and courageous journey of her own heart…her poetry can startle with its sudden leaps between worlds, or its understatement, as in the haunting “Spilt Milk”…her surrender to each subject gives her voice its impressive range–from the lyrical recollections of first love to the wry humor of “Tea and Biscuits.”
~~Mary Y. Hebert, Author of Horatio Rides the Wind, and Contributing Editor of Not Black and White: Inside Words from the Bronx WritersCorps
Aline Soules’ personal world is larger than most–with poems and stories about places ranging from Rome to Scotland to Canada to Poland. She’s best at recreating history, putting flesh on her childhood, her family, her son, the difficult and beautiful relationship with her parents and grandmother. In “The Size of the World,” Aline Soules’ voice is clear and serious, always leading us closer to those illusive concepts of truth, meaning, and compassion.
~~David James, Author of A Heart out of This World
With the eyes of a photographer and the writer’s pen, Aline Soules walks the reader through the front door where we feel…her father’s fingers sweep the strand of hair behind her ear, see him touch her mother’s cheek, cup her chin, and look back one more time.
~~Mary Ann Wehler, Author of Walking Through Deep Snow
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