The Pale Cast of Thought

In The Pale Cast of Thought, reflecting on the uncertainties of life often

leads to moments of vision. This lifelong collection of verse shows how

poetry can be used to come to terms with it all. There is a great variety

in both form and content: Love poems, terse, radiant lyrics, narratives,

fresh religious insights and meditations on nature. An elegy for a friend

who died young captures a bygone era (the optimistic period following

World War II) like a mini-novel. Not only sorrow and anxiety but joy,

praise, gratitude, and always the beauty and awe of nature are lovingly

evoked. The author was persistent through the years in gathering up and

preserving the diverse epiphanies of her inner experience.

--Marion H. Flanigan

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