Naked for Tea
by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Able Muse Press, 2018. ISBN 978-1-773-49016-8.
Reviewed by Jazz Jaeschke
Posted on 08/13/2018

Poetry; Nonfiction: Nature/Place/Environment; Fiction: Spirituality

In Naked for Tea, Colorado's poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer (a finalist for the Able Muse Book Award) delivers 68 poems in her wise, practical-yet-whimsical voice. Her phrases are accessible, relevant to anyone who has ever had a yearning, a curiosity, a love beyond explanation.

Trommer's poems run the gamut from sensual to sublime; not one leaves the reader head-scratching, wondering what she means. She nudges the reader to notice and accept human commonality with phrases such as "all our shadows fall the same direction."

The book title stems from the poem "That's Right," which includes these lines:

Maybe, by the time we pass the cream
you'll have slipped out of
your own button-up shirt,
your judgment, your embarrassment,
your belt.
Many of the poems in this volume encourage the reader's self-reflection, offering a gentle nudge toward accepting the imperfections and failures we each embody. She assures with these lines:
Oh, sweet failure, how it leads us.
Any unhappy ending is only an invitation
to crawl into the blank pages
of the next unwritten chapter.
Trommer distills observations of literal travel, as airplane passengers; of inner travel, as lost in loneliness; and of metaphoric travel, as in following life's path:
I think of all the people
who have walked
through my life,
how invisible their paths
are now. Can anyone else
see the ways I've been marked?
someone might walk into your life
and change the landscape,
another invisible road.
My recommendation? Keep this book next to your journal. On days when life doesn't make sense, open at random and read a few poems. You'll find your situation reflected in tea, or landscape, or donkeys, or human-to-human love.

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer lives in Colorado where she has been named poet laureate of San Miguel County and Western Slope Poet Laureate. She performs and teaches poetry in a variety of settings, including recovery programs, hospice, mindfulness retreats, and women's retreats. She writes a poem every day. has received a copy of this book for review from the author, publisher, or publicist. We have received no other compensation.

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