The Scrapbook of Miss Gail Standish Ward
by Miss Gail Standish Ward
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (September 3, 2013)
Despite the author’s disclaimers to the contrary in her introduction (“…I may not even believe it to be true”), this is the truest book I have read in a long time. I get it, these poems are not “factual” as science is factual, but they are truer in the largest sense. And they are truer in the smallest of details as well, such as in the last line of #18: “And I am playing with words instead of using them” – which leaves me at the same time gut-punched and grateful. From punctuation and chickens to heartache and death, Miss Standish Ward opens up her thought-life to the reader in such a way as to feel she is there at table with you drinking a cup of tea. I love this book most of all because it makes me want to write even more. Buy this book now — for your BFF, for your mom, for the poet in yourself. You’ll be glad of it.