Judith Roche | Wisdom of the Body | Gazelle Books

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Wisdom of the Body

Judith Roche

Author: Judith Roche | ISBN: 0930773810 : 9780930773816 | Format: Paperback | Size: 140 x 215mm | Pages: 94 | Weight: .126 Kg. | Published: Midpoint Trade Books (Black Heron Press) – April 2007 | Availability: In Print | Subjects: Poetry texts & anthologies

This is a meditation in poetry

on the ‘bodiness’ — the physicality — of all things: our bodies and how they change, the salmon and their life cycle, trees, flowers, the earth, everything caught in the mystery of time. The book contains a series of poems on the life cycle of Pacific Northwest salmon that was a City of Seattle public arts project, and poems from the libretto of a musical piece by noted composer Janice Gitech, ‘Navigating the Light’.

“In her luminous third collection, Roche’s subject is the body as a cultural and spiritual as well as physical form. In the magnificent ‘Credo,’ she lists what sustains her: ‘I believe in the cave paintings at Lascaux, / The beauty of the clavicle, / The journey of the salmon…I believe in the wisdom of the body.’ That wisdom isn’t without pain, and the book is haunted by the deaths that occur when ‘Someone will come at the end / and tell you a story so beautiful / you will rise out of yourself / and go into it,’ as she almost did, she tells us in an autobiographical poem about nearly drowning. Yet the body’s wisdom is expanded rather than limited by death, which enjoins us to more vivid life: ‘The mouth knows the taste of its own tongue / hungers for savor, makes meaning / of sound, trying to name truth.’ This is a powerful and courageous book, full of lyric intensity and crystal-sharp imagery.” — Patricia Monaghan, Booklist