Toni Wilkes's collection begins in the familiar, but numinous world of bees and birthday parties, laundry and scrub jays. Then mysteriously, the poem's boundaries merge into myth and memory: the brother by the lake's edge becomes Narcissus; the sound of broken glass triggers the memory of a gunshot; the wing beats of towhees echo our own longing to transcend the gray palette of human devastation. The poems acknowledge the most timeless patterns inflected through "the briefest slivers of time," with an attention to language and metaphor that is radiant and fierce in its precision.
Toni gives an overview of the book:
He hadn't heard that shot until college,
a late moon rising, a bottle slammed
through his dorm window,
then his mind flamed back to
the sloping meadow, his father, the mare.
Toni L. Wilkes graduated from UCLA. While in LA, she was a freelance screenwriter and a story editor for feature film director Peter Hyams. Toni hosts the Londonberry Salon a quarterly reading series in her home which has featured: Susan Terris, C.B. Follett, David St. John,...