Part 2 – A Blurb and a Poem
Coming Soon…Book Launch
Songs for the Pilgrimage
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Lynda McKinney Lambert is smiling because she is the Behind Our Eyes Spotlighted Poet for the April Book Launch.April 13, at 7 pm. A Zoom Meeting.
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*** Blurb for SONGS FOR THE PILGRIMAGE
From the Prologue and Epilogue of Songs for the Pilgrimage
The word pilgrimage refers to a religious journey. Individuals commit to traveling to reach a predetermined destination, such as a shrine or holy place. The excursion is a trek from one location to another. Pilgrimage has been an abiding theme in my writing for several decades.
My first book, CONCERTI: PSALMS FOR THE PILGRIMAGE (Kota Press, 2002, IS now out of print. This book was inspired by my annual journeys to Salzburg, Austria, where I taught a month–long drawing and writing course. I revised and expanded the previous collection of stories, poems, historical notes, and journal entries for this new book. Songs for the Pilgrimage features writings, drawings, and photographs I created over four decades.
I conclude with an artist’s prayer:
My studio is yours, Lord. Be my welcome guest today. Your goodness and unfailing kindness have been with me all my life. I have tried to make your glory visible in the works of art I have created. Someday I will close the door of my studio for the final time, but I will not be alone. Together, we will go to your home, where we will continue to collaborate on glorious projects throughout eternity. Amen.
A poem from SONGS FOR THE PILGRIMAGE:
May I Serve You?
Here are the stacks of paintings
for you to look at tonight.
I carefully brought them out
of storage closets
arranged them here
in the kitchen—
where my children used to play
games around a square oak table.
Once, food to nourish the body
was prepared here, by my hands.
Tonight, there is an
abundance of food
for your soul.
Come into my kitchen and
taste the world,
prepared by my hands.
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Book Review by Lynda McKinney Lambert Peonies in Winter: A Journey through loss, Grief, and Healing By Sally Rosenthal Published: December 6, 2021 From the back cover: This is a small book for the small hours when we sit alone in the dark or feel as though our grief isolates us. Although we all travel sorrow’s path at some point in our lives, many of us walk that road alone and bewildered, failing to reach out to grasp the waiting hand of a fellow traveler. First impressions are important because a book, cover is a work of art that can grabs our attention. This one does not disappoint. The image is a Japanese painting of delicate cerise peonies in full bloom. It is winter time and we can see white snowflakes falling on the deep pink flowers. Slender green branches and leaves are placed on a creamy background. Immediately this first impression of the book’s cover makes me want to turn the page and begin reading Sally Rosenthal’s short personal stories and poems. The Introduction provides insight into Sally’s themes in this collection: Aging, caregiving, circumstance, loss, and living alone. In her opening poem, “Across the Kitchen Table” Sally presents her poems as gifts to the readers. It’s personal and intimate and gives us the feeling that there is far more that Sally intends to share with us as we turn the pages. “The Art of Remembering,” is the first introduction to her mother. The inspiration for this poem was a photograph of her mother at age 11, taken in England in 1927. This is the beginning of a thread of memories of her mother that Sally weave through the entire book. And, there are other family members we meet as we continue reading. The fact that the memories and reflections are not in chronological time is refreshing. Memories are like that. They come and they go, like waves on the seashore. They wash over us in layers and are timeless. “Penny Candy,” is a poem that many senior citizens today will love. In this poem Sally is a small child who walks with her grandfather to a candy store. The image that is so memorable is that final line when she takes the “small brown bag filled with love,” in her hands. In the poem, “Solace,” Sally recounts the final days of her mother’s life. Several more poems focus on her relationship with her mother, Kathleen, such as “A Daughter’s Good Bye.” This thread of good-byes weaves through the poems as we come near the end of her mother’s life. A memorable poem is a premonition that Sally has when she lost her wedding ring one week before her husband died. As the book ends, Sally shares her days of contemplation and loneliness after her husband’s death. This is so relevant as most women will live longer than their husbands and find themselves living alone in the final years. In particular, she found solace in music. Sally shares two pieces of music that comforted her. Find Peonies in Winter at Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Peonies-Winter-Journey-Through-Healing/dp/B09MZXWQVX/ref=sr_1_1?crid=110OI40LT520W&keywords=Peonies+in+Winter%2C+Sally+Rosenthal&qid=1677276184&s=books&sprefix=peonies+in+winter%2C+sally+rosenthal%2Cstripbooks%2C81&sr=1-1