Even Now
by Jill Sabella & Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Lithic Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-996-21709-5.
Reviewed by Jazz Jaeschke
Posted on 11/21/2016
Review of the Month, January 2017

Poetry; Nonfiction: Arts/Crafts; Nonfiction: Faith/Spirituality/Inspiration

Jill Sabella and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer have put their respective lines together to create a book for current times. This book is a little treasure chest (a mere six inches square) full of catalytic gems that resonate with just about any punch life might be dishing out at the moment. Place near workstation or bed or altar for ready access.

Open to any page, and you will likely feel an aha well up within. The same page another day might provoke a different but equally significant response. The true opening is inside the reader—triggered by lines that lead but do not restrict interpretation. Sabella's brush strokes (Zen-like) and Trommer's verse (Haiku-like) are paired three-to-three. Sparse on the page but bountiful in impact. Worth adding, the textured paper delights finger tips.

Although grouped in three sections, these forty-five gems are not sequential (no page numbers). Whatever is swirling around you, simply open anywhere, and pause. Having had this book at my side through recent upsets, I applaud the title, elaborated in verse:

even now, even now,
even now, even now, even now,
even now, bow

Sabella and Trommer share an appreciation for simplicity. Their collaboration is simply beautiful. As they predict in the introduction, I found that indeed: poem and image are two pieces awaiting the reader who becomes the third collaborator in synchronicity. Quoting verses without their paired images does not do justice—you can sample the pairings on artist and author websites, but these pale compared to the impact of the book in hand.

My recommendation? Add this book to your arsenal for getting through life. Open it frequently—starting now.

Read an excerpt from this book.

Jill Sabella is an established visual arts virtuoso working with photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and now brushing sumi ink onto rice paper; she has been active teaching across the United States; she currently resides in Colorado; she displays some of her art on her website.

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer is Poet Laureate of Colorado's Western Slope (2015-2017); she travels to promote and teach poetry; her poems have appeared in magazines including O Magazine and A Prairie Home Companion; her previous published collections include Intimate Landscape and Holding Three Things at Once (Colorado Book Award finalist); she can be experienced online in the TEDx video: The Art of Changing Metaphors: Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer TEDx Paonia; her poetry is displayed on her website and at ahundredfallingveils.com.

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