First Day of Winter, The

By (author) Laura Lush
Categories: Poetry
Publisher: Ronsdale Press
Paperback : 9780921870999, 104 pages, September 2002


Laura Lush’s new collection of poems is nature poetry at its strongest and most insightful, the images connecting to give voice to our many uncertainties as we creep further into an already darkening twenty-first century. With an unwavering eye, Lush focuses on the spiritual tenacity needed to make our way through difficult times. Lush’s sharply drawn images make us aware that winter braces the soul, enlivening the instinct for life ? as we turn to face the cold wintry blast. "Winter," she says, "teaches us to love the long / liturgies of ice, the sudden stopping of water / before the black flock of birds / lifts blindly off the pond. " For Lush, to understand nature is to know how to die and, therefore, to live.