available from your favorite local bookstore, from Amazon,
or directly from Wind.
600 Overbrook Dr
Nicholasville, KY 40356
Catalpa is [Lyon's]
richest and most challenging achievement, and it's republication by Wind is
... cause for celebration....
--- Robert West
Modest and unpretentious. . . . Whether she
is describing her forebears, her children, or the life of her beloved Virginia
Woolf, her ear is perfect, impeccable, full of lyric music.
--- Ruth Whitman
"Lyon is never
trivial; she writes of things that matter--birth, death, family, community ... her metaphors are always vivid and fresh, and often
brilliant.... Lyon's poems are visions to which art has given voice.
--- Jim Wayne Miller
George Ella Lyon's
poems offer many gifts, but a focus on the search for ancestry seems to
me the unique gift of Catalpa. This searching begins locally
and reaches beyond the bonds that unite us all, Appalachian and non-Appalachian,
man and woman, to the essence of our common humanity. Here we discover
lives brought forth in words, "no waste and no hurry. . . tough as
a poem for the burden that outlasts us, for a heart leaved with words like
|From the Book --
The Syrup Bucket Lid
— for my mother
Round and silver the moon
golden and round the sun
pried off in yet another kitchen,
this time near Billie’s Branch.
When the tree’s blood was gone
the lid was an ornate tray,
a gleaming disc for a child
to hurl at the sky.
it was a mirror too
for faces not yet set,
for any unknown princess trapped
with a strict family in the sticks.
A strange gift it is,
the sun with its curled lip,
the moon with its face we cannot see
for the dark side of our own.