The world is a big place. Know it through its beauty and through words.
God glorifies Himself in the details of life—in dumpling cheeks, heaps of leaves, and hot, sugary fruit. In this collection of personal, poetic essays, Suzanne Clark opens our eyes to the magnificence of the details surrounding our lives and her life over the course of twenty years of "sweetness and grief mingling in the song of life."
What People Are Saying:
"Suzanne Clark's Sketches of Home captures the splendor in the ordinary and extraordinary events of our lives. The vivid sights, sounds, and smells of the garden in 'Pokeweed,' 'Sneezeweed,' and 'Butterbeans' are a feast to the senses in which even the words seem edible. -Robert Siegel, poet and author
"Suzanne has this astonishing gift of writing the mosaic of her life into a book-poem and handing it over to us whole—a present. All her prose is poetry, mysterious, but like her life never inaccessible. Her experience is seen not darkly through the glass of corruption and decay but lit with an unearthly blaze that lets each detail—each rag or tack or leaf or button or child's face or wisp of woodsmoke—achieve its own brilliant reality. Sketches of Home is a haunting story, a combination of familial inevitability and lovely surprise." -Luci Shaw, writer-in-residence, Regent College
"Sketches of Home is unique in its wholly unsentimental and yet affirming portrait of the rewards of family life. Clark's prose is both beautiful and intelligent. The quality of her inner life is enviable, not least because of her humility and grace." -Eve Shelnutt, poet and author
Suzanne Underwood Rhodes is a widely published poet who has taught creative writing for many years Her poetry collections include What a Light Thing, This Stone and The Weather of the House (Sow's Ear Press). She has also written a collection of prose meditations on everyday life, Sketches of Home (Canon Press). Her writing has appeared in the Spoon River Poetry Review and the Alaska Quarterly Review. Suzanne lives with her husband Wayne Rhodes in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and she and Wayne have five grown children and three grandchildren.
PAGE COUNT: 150 pages
ISBN 10: 1885767358
PUB. DATE: May 1, 1998
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