Written by poets who live in the Northeastern United State and collected here, are poems that celebrate human endurance, longing, and desire…poems that pay tribute: to exploited textile mill women in Lowell Massachusetts; to the ‘little daily miracles’ that compensate us as we struggle to accept what life brings; and to the courageous movement across boundaries– physical, filial, marital, even biblical.
Just as everyday life is vital subject matter for fine literature, so also is place as exemplified in this bundle. From the open road, a place of endless possibilities, the words wind their way. They find the richness of family story-tellers in rural poverty. And they show meaningful life and work, surrounded by working-class Italian family, in a depressed mill town.
Voices of the dead reaching the living tell of experiences that remain mysterious. Voices of love in the face of adversity tell of the rough terrain of marriage. And voices of grief bring beauty, and importance, to the pleasures of the present moment. These are the voices of the “Navigating Worlds” bundle, luminous poetry focused on lost worlds, other worlds, difficult worlds.