Ladder to the Light

Ladder to the Light

by Beth Wood

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Overview

In the follow-up to her debut poetry collection Kazoo Symphonies, Beth Wood explores deeper and more complex emotional territory. Inspired by an image from a Jane Hirshfield poem ‘Mule Heart’ in which grief and joy are carried in “two waiting baskets,” Wood seeks to find balance again and regain footing after heartbreaking loss. Ladder to the Light chronicles her journey from grief to gratitude to believing in love again—poetry as a ladder that lifts us back up to the light.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997643664
Publisher: Mezcalita Press, LLC
Publication date: 01/19/2018
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Beth Wood is a poet and award-winning singer-songwriter who has toured the country playing music and delighting audiences for twenty years. She has released ten independent albums and one book of poetry, Kazoo Symphonies with Mezcalita Press. Joy is the currency that runs through Beth's work, through story and song, and her sensitive, intuitive nature allows her to address sorrow in a way that resonates and moves audiences and readers. Beth's work has expanded to include teaching and song coaching, as well as leading workshops at festivals, songwriting retreats, and beyond.

Beth has been featured on "Troubadour, TX," a nationally syndicated documentary-style singer-songwriter reality television series airing in almost 40 million households and 140 U.S. markets. She has also been a four-time featured artist on Cayamo, a week-long Caribbean songwriters' cruise along with Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, John Prine, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson and many more.

Table of Contents

Pulling on a Plow

It Would Have Been Nice to Know … … 5

The Thing You Knew … … 7

Forward Motion … … 8

Green Dress … … 9

Less Heavy Things … … 10

Girl in Slow Motion … … 11

Salted Words from the Floor, Tuesday … … 13

A Humming, Sunrise … … 14

Forming Questions … … 15

Minuet in G … … 16

Two Lonely People at the Same Time … … 21

Holy Water … … 23

Koan for Brian Doyle … … 24

Saralyn’s Melody … … 25

Fireflies According to Loie … … 26

To the Well-meaning People Who Sighed and Said

Well at Least There Were No Children … … 27

Hey, It’s Me … … 29

Winter Snapping (One Thing Soft) … … 30

Of Grieving … … 31

That Old Familiar … … 32

Little Monsters … … 33

Roadkill Butterfly … … 34

Bird’s Eye View … … 35

Quiet Riddle, 4:30 a.m. … … 36

Many Ways … … 38

Home Now. Now Home.

A Tender Breed … … 41

Corpus Christi … … 42

Thanksgiving Day Prayer … … 43

One More Day … … 44

Old Habits Die

and the Sky Does Not Fall In … … 46

At the Corner of Soybeans and Corn … … 48

Retirement Plan … … 50

I Met a Man … … 51

Letter to My Friend Peter Mulvey … … 52

A Woman Will Stand and Sway … … 54

Our Jewel in the Dark … … 55

The Road … … 56

Lover’s Prayer … … 58

My Valentine … … 60

Instructions on Winning … … 61

A Song for Ashley … … 63

Thoughts on a Cartoon Guitar Bookmark … … 64

The Dripolator, Sunday, 7:30 a.m. … … 65

Songwriter Workshop, Sunday Afternoon … … 66

Mother’s Crown (I Like Birds) … … 67

Birds of the Northwest … … 68

Cowboy Elegy … … 69

Sympathy in Music … … 70

The Way … … 72

Llano Estacado … … 73

Author Bio … … 75

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