The Woodcarver's Wife

poems by Sherry Chandler

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The Woodcarver's Wife
 ISBN  978-1-936138-66-1



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Wind Publications
600 Overbrook Dr
Nicholasville, KY 40356


About The Woodcarver’s Wife —

Like a great wedding, Sherry Chandler’s The Woodcarver’s Wife unites the past and present with its intertextual celebration of poetry and music. Chandler offers dignified and meaningful ceremony in her formal sonnets, which she handles with expertise, but this poet has a full night in store for us. She invites us to toast and to think about the influence of prominent writers from Browning to Caruth. When the dinner bell rings, we find intelligent conversation about epic, myth, and Shakespeare—conversation some of us fantasize about finding at the dinner table—and, later, we step onto a dance floor that invites the slow complicated sway of love, but also the twist and shout of robust sprung rhythms.
               — Kathleen Driskell, author of Seed Across Snow, 
a Poetry Foundation national bestseller

Sherry Chandler's second full-length collection forges personal experience and detailed observation into unique, fully realized art.  At turns formal, lyrical, but always intelligent, these poems make the reader laugh, think, and dream, perhaps all at the same time. An impressive and mature voice, a very important book.
              — David Cazden, author of The Lost Animals

 About Chandler ’s earlier work —


Chandler 's mastery of poetic forms is rivaled only by her command of Kentucky history and genealogy. And when I say “mastery,” I mean she makes it seem effortless. In less expert hands, the exigencies of poetic forms sometimes force odd constructions and word choices, which can of course be made to seem edgy or hip— it's always easier to be difficult than to be clear.
            — Dave Bonta, author of Breakdown

Chandler is not about easy solutions to what Garrison Keillor's Guy Noir calls “life's persistent questions.” She's about the beauty and danger of thinking and feeling deeply.
            — Elaine Fowler Palencia, author of Small Caucasian Woman