Into the Great Blue: Meditations of Summer
by Sarah W. Bartlett

Fishing Line Press, 2011. ISBN 978-1-599-24781-9.
Reviewed by Sharon Wildwind
Posted on 07/16/2012


Into the Great Blue: Meditations of Summer is a gorgeous book of summer poetry, both in the sense of lyrical poetry and in the feel of the well-crafted book in your hand. Great attention has been paid to content and format, and it shows. Though you could read it at any season, in any location, Into the Great Blue: Meditations of Summer feels like a summer read, particularly if you're fortunate enough to be lolling beside a body of water or taking a walk in woods and meadows.

Each of Bartlett's poems is a tiny gem, laden with nature images, serenity, and alliteration, as in:

startled by the pounding
of my playful pup galloping laps, leaping rocks, plunging pondward
—The Hawk

By the time I finished Into the Great Blue: Meditations of Summer, I felt peaceful, as if I'd had the pleasure of a mini-vacation. I plan to keep this book with the others that I go to when I'm in need of solace or a reminder to slow down and look at the world around me.

If you're at all fond of lazy summer days spent outside, I recommend Into the Great Blue: Meditations of Summer.

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Sarah Bartlett is the owner/director of Women Writing for (a) Change--Vermont, a creative writing project that empowers young and adult women's voices and celebrates change in their lives and their worlds. She shares her writing practice with a wide spectrum of women who seek to send their words out to the world, including offering programs inside the Vermont state women's prison. Visit her website.

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