Fidelity Is for Swans

The first volume of selected verse by Shänne Sands.

Companion selections:

The Silver Hooves

Moonlight on Words

Night Song

Fragments of Desire

      • Publisher : Footsteps Press (January 9, 2011)
      • Language : English
      • Paperback : 42 pages
      • ISBN-13 : 978-0956634948
      • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches

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Bend Willow

Bend willow to the river’s face
Birds let your loose feathers fall on the river’s chest –
All that man has loved the best
Will bend as the willow, fall as the feather,
To the river’s grace.

Laugh to the wind willow, bend and laugh
Feathers twist to the turn of the wind
All that man had long to find
Fell from the wind in half.

Sigh in the dark willow as the night creeps
Feathers tie yourself to the dark air
All that man is he must bear
As willow you sigh, but cannot speak.

Butler Brewton
Professor Poetry NC University (Emeritus)
Shänne Sands' poems speak more than Yeats to today's world.  I hear the voice of Emily Dickinson, but the imagery is more of what society can respond to and understand in their bones.  I think she has the voice of Dickinson but better, and also the loaded details of a T.S. Eliot.  Although Yeats is a favorite of mine, and I enjoy teaching him, he is a bit out there with his gyre and allusiveness. She is here and now in her poetry, and her imagery and diction resonate like lightning throughout the senses.  She is a master of tone and as gritty as sand as the words awaken the dullness of our senses and make us feel the world about us, its sadness, its joys, death and life. To me she is the most accomplished Poet of our times. Hers is a brilliant seam between the old masters and the best of the contemporary, combining both as a call to both. She calls out of the bark and roots of trees a magical tune and texture of the human spirit that connects us to the minute as well as to the colossal moments of life.