Life Drawn From a Naturalized Poet

by S. Jaeschke

Plain View Press, 2002. ISBN 1891386484.
Reviewed by Judith Helburn
Posted on 03/07/2003

Poetry; Nonfiction: Nature/Place/Environment; Nonfiction: Cultural/Gender Focus

S. Jazz Jaeschke gives us wisps, fragments and tantilizing bits of her life in this lovely, slim book of poetry. She flows from Nature through Family, on to Romance, into Culture and finally to Awakening. I moved through this collection as if in a conversation with the author, both of us observing, agreeing and nodding.

Being a cat-lover, I was drawn to her many cat poems about her many cats in the first section—Nature. I know this one.

Bitchin' in the Kitchen
How is it you two choose the same feeding time?
You both prefer outdoors 23.5 of every 24 hours.
Could not one of you have slept a little longer?
Or perhaps stayed to watch the evening insects?
Why must you collide in the confines of my kitchen?...

Images float up and away. New ones take their place. Here is a book to enjoy while sitting under a tree or curling up in a rocker. Here is a book that is comfortable, gentle in parts, and longing and reaching in others. In "Garden of Intent", Jazz speaks for me and other women seeking our spirt selves.

...As intent concentrates towards nurture
weeds of negativity weaken and dwindle.
Effects of my labors become apparent—
healing not just self, but any receptive.

All about me the beginnings of abundance,
energy growing, blooming, proliferating,
the magnificence of the entire universe
passing through my hands each moment.

Perhaps, I, too, could sing my life in poetry.

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