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Blue Window

Poems by Deborah Gordon Cooper

Print ISBN: 978-0-9973643-2-3
Trade paper, 164 pp., $14.95

POETRY / Women Authors

Deborah Cooper’s poetry delivers healing compassion, bringing readers into a landscape of solace and renewal.

Dark clouds this morning
casting shadows on the waves

and still the birds sing,
one of sorrow, two of grace.

Granted a residency at the Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat in County Kerry, Ireland, Deborah looked out from the loft of a stone cottage through a blue-framed window as she crafted a number of the poems collected in this volume.

Yet even as she sometimes describes the world through a lens of grief (Deborah began writing when she was a hospice chaplain), she includes in this collection many new works on the theme of light returning after a night of solitary wakefulness.

“Marked by breath and memory, by the holiness of ordinary
things, each page opens windows to a world of empathetic light.”
(Kimberly Blaeser, Author of Apprenticed to Justice, Wisconsin Poet Laureate 2015-16)

Blue Window is Cooper's sixth volume of poetry, following Under the Influence of Lilacs (Clover Valley Press, 2010). Her poems appeared in two collections by her writing group of twenty years, including Bound Together: Like the Grasses (Clover Valley Press, 2013), winner of the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. Deborah co-edited three anthologies of poetry, most recently Amethyst and Agate (Holy Cow! Press, 2015). She was the 2012–14 Poet Laureate of Duluth, Minnesota.

Blue Window is a rich collection of poetry for anyone seeking consolation and expression of the arresting loveliness of "this right light."

The January 2018 issue of the online book review magazine "Small Press Bookwatch" features a review of Blue Window.

“With an extraordinary flair for deftly crafted expression that evokes emotional involvement on the part of the reader, Blue Window impressively showcases the free verse poetry by a true master of the format.”



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