Calving Under the Moon by Sandra Ann Winters
“The poems in this debut collection range from earth to stars and cut to the quick. The impulse to confront loss with unflinching honesty is finely balanced by the impulse toward joy and dazzlement—by language, by color, by wild creatures, by sustaining relationships with others. The title poem demonstrates Sandra Winters’ ability to create small stories with large themes. A calf is born. We are drawn from the moment when the cow 'turns her cumbrous head' to the final triumph when 'blood bursts red streams, shooting stars,' and 'the calf slides out wet, a linen-white face.' These are wise poems. Whatever the loss, new life waits. Wisteria dormant for a decade blooms again. The spirit endures and 'we all hang on' ('The Wisteria Blooms').”
—Becky Gould Gibson, author of Need-Fire
Sandra Ann Winters is a member of the North Carolina Writers' Network and the North Carolina Poetry Society.
Her poems have appeared in Southword Journal (Ireland), the North Carolina Literary Review, The Shoal, the Cork Literary Review Volume XV (Ireland), and others. Poems are forthcoming in the Wisconsin Review.
Her poem “Death of Alaska” won the 2011 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre in Ireland. The editors of the North Carolina Literary Review nominated “Water Signs” for the 2011 Pushcart Prize. Most recently her poem “Talking to Okra (from the son’s voice)” won first place in the 2012 Carteret 21st Annual Writing Contest. “My Kitchen” was a runner-up in the 2012 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition. “Still Life” received an honorable mention in the 2012 Deane Ritch Lomax Poetry Competition.
The cover drawing on Calving Under the Moon was created exclusively for this chapbook by North Carolina artist Louis Guidetti.