The Pear Tree: elegy for a farm (Paperback)

The Pear Tree: elegy for a farm By Bethany Reid, Lana Hechtman Ayers (Selected by) Cover Image

The Pear Tree: elegy for a farm (Paperback)


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Bethany Reid's The Pear Tree: elegy for a farm is more than a haunting elegy for a farm; it's a powerful evocation of childhood and a vanished way of life. In poems lush with detail, Reid renders the beauty and suffering of bygone days, not with nostalgia but with clear-eyed honesty, as each poem reveals its hidden facets. Under the watchful eye of a pear tree planted by a grandmother on homesteaded land, we witness the pleasure of day-to-day life rooted in the earth, the heart-wrenching loss of a brother, a father "who taught us to choose what matters and put a fence around it," a devout mother who can still play the piano when words have flown. "Who will gather what we leave behind?" one poem asks. Moving freely back and forth in time, this well-steeped, finely-honed collection offers a complex, satisfying answer.

-Holly J. Hughes, author of Hold Fast

Product Details ISBN: 9781936657803
ISBN-10: 1936657805
Publisher: Moonpath Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 2024
Pages: 88
Language: English