This, my second chapbook collection of poems, was a finalist in two different contests. The first was noted but not published by Minerva Rising‘s Third Annual ‘Dare to Be’ contest in March 2016. Shortly afterward, Finishing Line Press announced it as among the top-ten out of 400 submissions. And it has just released in May 2017 as one of the New Women’s Voices Series #130.
I am so honored by the generosity of my fabulous photographer friend, Anne-Marie Littenberg, whose evocative image graces the cover of this book.
And two powerful poet-editors graciously wrote jaw-droopingly beautiful blurbs for the back cover:
These are no ordinary poems of love, loss, letting go, courage, and universality. Rather, the selections in Slow Blooming Gratitudes are extraordinary poems about all of the above. Bartlett weaves through the collection the thread of one-ness (“all loss is one”), reminding me of one of Merton’s most famous lines, “we are already one.” This chapbook is that rare combination of heart-mind-soul-intellect—masterfully crafted verse that reaches outward from the page, extending the hand of welcome to each reader. —Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, publisher and editor, the Aurorean poetry journal
Sarah Bartlett’s Slow Blooming Gratitudes is near religion in its capacity to offer solace and acceptance in times of adversity. When our bodies betray us with disease, death, fears and uncertainties that happen as surely as the natural world has its own life cycles, Bartlett looks to the healing powers of this natural world and to laughter, family, pets and love as antidotes. And she does so in language that seeps into the reader like a slow, soft massage. Her words, “Time passes, each moment a present,” are as relevant to the pages of this book as they are to life. Buy it, read it and keep it close by. –Ellaraine Lockie, award-winning poet, nonfiction author, contest judge, educator
The book is now available on Amazon. Please do add your own review to my page there. It feels important that ‘regular readers’ understand how accessible poetry can be. And in these times, where so much seems to elude understanding, resonant poetry feels more important than ever.