In this third collection Dana Littlepage Smith combines extraordinary imagery with a quiet, but precise observation to produce poetry that is both bold yet delicate. The poems in this collection see Smith using her spiritual perceptiveness not abstractly, but to search out innovative visceral details, so ‘asylum’ ‘may lie / in the light rug this woman carries, / in the frayed edge of cloth / she will wrap herself in’ (Sanctuary) and hope ‘lands like the periwinkle blue moth’ (Better to travel hopefully). These are poems that are at once visionary and quotidian.
Praise for Black Elk Dances for Queen Victoria
These are poems full of verve and colour, speaking with many tongues from many horizons – a generous brave poetry, unfailingly informed by the heart! Pauline Stainer