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Nature’s Grace is a collection of poems that radiates
meditative calm. These are poems of the single moment of grace
and clarity perceived in solitude; poems of observation and statement
of fact, sometimes surprisingly political, that offer insight
into human nature. Their unembellished language both orders and
reflects everyday experience. As in Zonailo's previous books,
the poetry is intimate and lyrical. In Nature’s Grace,
Zonailo celebrates those isolated moments of consciousness, "the
poem reaching like a hand/ as it touches the back/ of a sleeping
partner/ in the middle of the night.
Critical Praise for Nature's Grace
“In Carolyn Zonailo's poetry the quotidian is always under
instruction from the marvelous. Looking out of a clear eye, Zonailo
tries to find a sure music to translate what she sees into the
wonder of poetry.”
Bruce Whiteman, U.C.L.A.
“This cross-section of Carolyn Zonailo's many poetic talents
succeeds admirably. Zonailo can be lyrical and exquisitely sensuous
in one poem, and then caustic, satirical, and downright polemical
in the next. Nature for her may have a Wordsworthian gentleness,
as in "The View From my Window," or an aura of restless
apprehension, as in "The Wild Woman of the Woods." The
sequence of pen portraits is shrewd, short, penetrating, nostalgic.
The poet's style of presentation is engagingly eyecatching. Consistently
she recaptures the short rhythms, the vocabulary, and the tangential
asides of everyday conversations.”