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“Ginzberg’s sixth poetry collection blends gratitude and grief, and reveals the poet’s intact moral center and ferocity. Resilience and passion drive these poems, while wisdom delivers lines like:
the rain and the fireWith her keen eye, generous heart, and clear mind, the poet rages not only against injustice, but the sorrow and frailty that age includes, while her joie de vivre insists:
bring me the quick and easy joyThis survivor’s inspiring record makes clear that creative longevity is not for the lazy or faint of heart.”
—Gwynn O’Gara, author of Snake Woman Poems, Fixer-Upper, Winter at Green Haven, and Sea Cradles. Sonoma County Poet Laureate, 2010-1012
“Vilma Ginzberg’s new book of poems is pure delight, though not all of the subjects are delightful. It’s the poet’s language that brings light to every corner of her life and illuminates the world in which she lives, which is also in large part our world. A reader can begin anywhere: at the start, in the middle, or even at the end with the poem that’s titled ‘reflections on the New Year’s Eve of my 91st’ in which Ginzberg takes stock of her life today and offers wisdom to those younger than her in years. For those who have listened to Ginzberg read aloud, these poems ought to bring a double delight; one can’t help but hear the sound of her voice as you follow the words on the page. Ginzberg has been publishing her poetry in Sonoma County for 14 years. ‘90 is the new,’ her latest book, shows that she has not lost her passion, compassion and sense of humor. Open this volume and celebrate with a poet who has kept her language young and alive through fires and ashes, grief and glory.”
—Jonah Raskin, author of Rock ‘n’ Roll Women
“As always, Vilma puts into words that which is otherwise subliminal. Her clarity and good humor invite my own unrealized thoughts or musings to emerge, and I find myself nodding, smiling and appreciating the gift of deeper intimacy with myself.”
—Annelisa MacBean, PhD
Vilma Olsvary Ginzberg was the fifth Healdsburg [CA] Literary Laureate [2008/2009]. A retired psychologist, she turned to writing in earnest late in life, and since 2004 has published four books of poetry: Colors of Glass in 2004, Murmurs & Outcries in 2007, Snake Pit in 2010, and I Don’t Know How to Do This, poems on aging, in 2011. In addition, she was co-editor, with Doug Stout, of the anthology Present at the Creation, 2006, a publication of the Healdsburg Literary Guild. Her work has appeared in anthologies: Present at the Creation, 2006, A Day in the Life of Healdsburg, 2007, Sometimes in the Open, 2009, When the Muse Calls, 2009, and Continent of Light, 2011. One of her family stories, The Christmas Lesson, was dramatized by The Imaginists theater group in 2007.
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