Sallie Bingham’s third book of poems, dedicated to her mother, is fronted by an image of the Cretan Snake Goddess, the powerful and mysterious Neolithic goddess whose meaning has never been discovered; likewise, these poems range from simple praise of natural beauty to the painful paradoxes of intimate relations. Bingham’s poems offer beauty but no easy answers.
“Sallie Bingham’s poems forge the light and darkness to shape a body of work that engages and shines. The past and the present, the inner and the outer, are all drawn precisely with small wisdom lines throughout. The poetry leaves us with ‘the serene best our lives can offer’ and ‘the small whir of your lively heart.’ A fine distillation from a life well savored”
— Joan Logghe, President of New Mexico Literary Arts.