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As the world grapples with the tragic human cost of the global pandemic and its aftermath, the need for kindness and gratitude has become more important than ever. The Ministry of Flowers is in many ways a book for our times, one that offers hope in a changing world. The poems call into stark relief the brevity of human life, while also emphasizing the urgent need to conne ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published November 2020 by Valley Press, UK
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    Lori Stephens
    Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I ordered this book as soon as it was available on this "side of the pond," and Slot's new collection doesn't disappoint. I opened the book and read "Remember When We Thought We'd Live Forever?" and literally cried. It took me a few minutes to compose myself. That's how powerful it is. I highly recommend this intensely personal and breathtaking poetry. ...more
    Katherine Perry
    Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This collection of beautifully crafted poems comes like an unexpected bouquet that brightened the room and lasts for weeks. Each poem sings and then echos long after the book is closed. It is such a gift in these difficult times.
    Deborah Hauser
    Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    The Ministry of Flowers invokes Emily Dickinson as it imagines a world in which ministry and caregiving are a form of exchange between nations, people, and all living creatures. These lyric poems exquisitely recall the urgency and passion of youth while showing the reader how to age gracefully and find both “new fire” and “time to rail.” Hope is “the thing with feathers,” but memory is “more a wren / that is / hardly noticeable / rarely catchable.” Slot notices, pays keen attention to, and captu ...more
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    Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Fasten your seatbelts! From the first poem to the last you are in for a thrilling ride. Don’t worry, you’re in the hands of a skilled driver. Not one to race heedlessly, Andrea Witzke Slot knows just what pace to take on dangerous curves.

    The book takes its title from Emily Dickinson’s poem #905. She invokes her muse with the second poem in the collection, “Between my country and the others–a sea.” One of the last poems is called: “Between my country and the others/As ministry.” This poem is abo
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    Andrea Witzke Slot is a London-based poet and fiction writer. ​ She is author of two poetry collections: To find a new beauty (Gold Wake Press, 2012) and The Ministry of Flowers (Valley Press UK, 2020). Her short fiction has won prizes with Able Muse and Fiction International, and recent poetry and stories can be found in such places as Stand Magazine, American Literary Review, Fictive Dream, Litr ...more

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