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The Wilderness Within
By Barbara Spring
Review by: Sherry Russell

6/2/04

As a child I loved poetry. As an adult, one of my favorite possessions is a 1921 edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. I also possess several other collector copies of 19th century poets. It is said that the earliest forms of poetic expression induced the very unfolding of communication and language itself.

When I started reading The Wilderness Within written by Barbara Spring, I was not expecting to fall in love with this little gem of a book and savor it poem by poem. Spring considers the mystery of the world in her poems sharing impulses of curiosity along with the complexity of nature, life and death. Her poems are in privileged alignment with the living and breathing spirit. She possesses the poetic eye for passing flecks of details while bearing witness to her vast travels and experiences. Several stories and pictures flank some of the poems. The stories offer trip details to the Copper Canyon and the Galapagos Islands while the pictures add additional stimulation for the mind.

I read this book three times before writing this review trying to find my favorite poem. I simply couldn’t decide on one favorite. Each poem has its own unique spiritual and intellectual wandering to it. Poems such as “Bedtime Story”, “Bloodroot Bearings,” “The Green Man’s Secret,” and “The Entryway” all bear witness to the author’s yearnings and passions about life. This book offers up a number of delicious poems. It is a true fascinating delight, elegant in style and profound in feeling. The Wilderness Within is a tempting glimpse of the moves of a first rate talent and I look forward to reading more from Spring.





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