With a quiet, lyrical voice, a wry and affirmative humor, and an affectionate eye for the small turns of daily life, Judy Kirkwood celebrates “the triumph of stuttering love.” In her world of grace, gratitude, and forgiveness, always “somewhere people are singing.” – Ronald Wallace, Felix Pollak Professor of Poetry Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Poetry Editor, University of Wisconsin Press, and author numerous poetry books, including For a Limited Time Only and For Dear Life.
Prelude To A Divorce takes the reader through the emotional and psychological journey of a thirty-five-year marriage as the narrator struggles to balance being a wife and a mother with her quest for individuality and meaning. This poetry collection is a coherent narrative of the joy, loneliness, isolation, love, betrayal, resilience, and evolution that is inherent in long marriages. How does one reconcile traditional expectations with the tug of other desires, a longing for freedom without consequences? Is the secret to balance to never give up, to surrender, or to fly on a dust mote twirling in a beam of light?
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