Fishing a Familiar Pond
by Sheila Sondik
Sheila Sondik accepted an international invitation to be one of only 85 poets who participated in the National 2013 Pulitzer-Remix. The poems are composed with random bits of text from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Yearling. Her poems are an extended meditation on themes from the novel, including the loss of childhood innocence, our essential bond with the natural world, self-reliance, and the complexity of familial love. The 40 pages of this book contain stunning poems by artist-poet Sondik that are spare as haiku, and intricately layered with narrative, emotion, and the search for meaning. Fishing a Familiar Pond is a collection of 30 poems—printed, folded, trimmed and sewn by other poets inside Egress Studio, Bellingham.
I'm hoping to get a recording of this, and other out-of-print books from Egress Studio Press, so I can share it here. I'll try for this summer.
About Sheila Sondik
Fascinated by the creative interplay of randomness and order, and influenced by Japanese and Chinese art, Sheila Sondik is an accomplished printmaker as well as a poet. Nine of the poems in the chapbook are tanka, a Japanese 5-line form.
See more of Sheila Sondik's poetry and art on her website.