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Wild Persistence by Patricia Hooper
"Near the end of this beautifully quiet and deeply moving collection, Hooper writes about a mockingbird—'He has to sing, he has to keep on singing,/ to know he's really here.' These poems have that kind of necessity. Hooper has known loss and its attendant grief. But she has also see a paralyzed child stare out the window of a car at birds and blossoming trees, and sees 'your face alive with joy.' These poems are immediate, clear and uncluttered in a way that takes a lifetime to learn."
—Keith Taylor, author of The Bird While
Forty-seven poems, often about moments when the human and natural worlds intersect.
Patricia Hooper is the author of five books of poetry, a poetry chapbook, and four children's books. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Yale Review, The Sewanee Review, The Gettysburg Review, and other magazines and anthologies. Among her awards are The Norma Farber First Book Award of the Poetry Society of America, The Anita Claire Sharf Award from the University of Tampa Press, The Roanoke Chowan Award, The Laurence Goldstein Award from Michigan Quarterly Review, and the Bluestem Award for Poetry.