The authority of the voice in Sherry Chandler’s poems arrives
firmly from the skilled and powerful imagination behind the work.
Weaving a New Eden is personal, historical,
political, inspired—a thoroughly satisfying work of art.
This is a moving and original book wrought from a mature
and subtle vision.
— Maurice Manning
than a work of history in verse, Weaving a New Eden
represents poet Sherry Chandler’s confrontation with mortality,
invisibility, loss and change.
Few poets can move, dazzle, and enlighten us in a single
book, but Sherry Chandler can – and does – in this volume of
poems. From the deft
personal lyrics that open Weaving a New Eden, through
acrostic poems and blank verse histories to the stunning and
graceful sonnet crown that closes the volume, Sherry Chandler
bears her readers into the past and back out again with a sure
hand. In poems both
scholarly and witty,
lifts Rebecca Boone out of the shadows of history to sturdy,
quirky reality and gives us glimpses of the other invisible women
whose lives make up the hidden half of history. In Weaving a
proves herself a gifted poet at ease in a range of forms and
subjects. Her work deserves a wide readership.
— Leatha Kendrick