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Seedlip and Sweet Apple: Poems
Seamlessly bridging the material and spiritual worlds, Seedlip and Sweet Apple takes the reader into the mind of a true visionary: Mother Ann Lee, the founder of the Shaker religion in colonial America. With astonishingly original poems inspired by extensive historical research, Arra Lynn Ross creates a collection linked thematically through the voice and story of the woma ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Milkweed Editions
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On a first read-through, this book was more mildly interesting to me than exciting. I liked the mix of prose poems and free verse with line breaks; I liked the use of Mother Ann's own words and the use of other texts—reworked fragments from Sappho, advertisements and news from a 1773 newspaper (The Manchester Mercury). I thought it was perhaps that Mother Ann feels so distant: distant in time but perhaps more distant in values and experiences. I thought also that maybe I wasn't in the mood for r ...more
This is a beautiful book about Mother Ann Lee and the Shaker movement. One of Ross's strength's is her ability to portray the depth and breadth of Lee's beliefs--the joy of those beliefs as well as their human costs--without oversimplifying them or insisting on Lee's saintliness. The language of the poems is beautiful; Ross incorporates quotes from the Bible as well as source material about the Shakers, but the best lines are always her own. What comes through most clearly for me is the hardship ...more