“Vireo by Sally Nacker is a quiet, beautiful book.
With nature as its subject, this collection
gives voice to the backdrop of our lives.
“Where late the sweet birds sang,” Shakespeare writes,
and this might be Nacker’s credo. A semi formalist,
Nacker uses rhyme with a master’s grace,
and with the music of both joy and sorrow. Dickinson
is her clear foremother—in both subject matter
and form—but these poems
are at the same time Nacker’s own.
A lovely and resonant debut collection.”
“The poems in Sally Nacker’s Vireo are bright with
insight and surprise: a lawn rake ruminates
on its aging owner; a turtle’s shell
becomes a room into which the poet,
like the turtle, withdraws; a painting
turns its viewer into the anxious figure it portrays.
Be they light or dark, Nacker plumbs her subjects
with a deft touch, a keen sense of sound and harmony,
and precise attention to detail.
Her refreshingly quiet sensibility is a welcome harbor.”
About the artist:
Cover and inside watercolors of the red-eyed vireos were painted by
Kathleen D. Michaud,
Originals by Kathy