In Search of Lode
by Nancy Ann Schaefer

918Studio, 2012. ISBN 978-0-985-19440-6.
Reviewed by Trilla Pando
Posted on 01/19/2013


I've been underground in a mine exactly once, when we were being touristy in West Virginia. No matter, the opening poem in Nancy Ann Shaefer's fine new book tells me I've been mining lots—looking, digging and, likely as not, hitting fool's gold, but on happy occasion finding a nugget of "infinite essence."

Shaefer seems to speak to me often in this slim (eighteen poems) volume. The butterfly that finds poems in the "chambers of our hearts," the red of a fire engine or matador's cape—anger incarnate—or gentle fluttering at the bird feeder. She runs the range of emotions and the space of the world.

How did she know? I wonder and then realize these are the experiences I share with most women. This is living life. This book is one to relish, to share, to give. In her own words, Shaefer writes "of moments already arrived."

Nancy Ann Schaefer lived in Europe for nearly twenty years before returning to her Midwestern roots. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she was twice a finalist for the Max J. Molleston Award. Her poems have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals, including Off Channel, Numinous, Avocet, Tipton Poetry Journal, In Other Words: Mérida, and Women's Voices Journal. In Search of Lode is her first chapbook. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, UK and now lives near the Mississippi River in Illinois. Read more on the publisher's website.

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