“I write to sense the sound / of my own breath, to hear / even the silences.”
That tiny poem concludes Listening Still, and it could stand as the epigraph for the entire collection. Using a dazzling array of verse forms ranging from free verse and concrete poetry to villanelle, sestina and pantoum, Small demonstrates how she was shaped by the tragedies and triumphs of her life. Like Robert Frost, Small is a believer in synecdoche—smaller things touching larger things. Some of the most moving poems in Listening Still deal with the signiﬁcance of the most quotidian things—a little boy asleep on a bus, a bunch of Shasta daisies...
--Miles David Moore, author of The Bears of Paris and Rollercoaster
The Delmarva Peninsula is the point of departure for a richly visual and tactile world full of seaside fantasy, hopes and fears--human and animal, resident and transitory. We may glimpse vacationers and their footprints in the sand, but only as a small part of the mosaic. Text in verse is interspersed with black and white photo-poems, bringing us on a journey through the region and beyond. The work is rooted in genuine maritime salt, and there is a collective memory of heritage and aspirations rendered in a very distinctive literary voice.
A collection of travel poems and accompanying images. The author has created a homage to the traveler in all of us, bringing the reader with him on his journey, making us taste, feel, and smell the multilayered experience that is travel and knowing a different place and time. Kamarat writes about a world where the busy thumbs of tweeters have replaced the caresses of lovers and the Barcelona beat fills that Dragon's Cave in the land of the Catalans. Perfectly matched with the author's own stunning photos, the words leap and summon the essence of each locale.