By Helen E. Rilling

42 pages, Bells Letters 2004, 5-1/2 in. x 8-1/2 in.. with Cover Design by Phyllis J. Cler
Helen E. Rilling is a nonagenarian whose poetry is beloved by fans who know her as "a farmer's daughter and a farmer's wife." A lifelong poet, who graduated from college at age 76, Helen was nominated for Poet Laureate of Illinois in 2003 and was Illinois Senior Poet Laureate in 2004. This 58-poem collection, Rilling's sixth chapbook, treats readers to such unforgettable lines as:
Tears furrow my aging cheeks/like a plow breaking prairie soil. and I seek out a cathedral/in the forest; pray for words/dream the dreams of scribblers. Sentimental journeys back to childhood create an American journey through time which Rilling summarizes in prose as: Poetry is my legacy and memorializes poetically as ...Memories/wrap around my shoulders/like a cherished shawl. I smile.

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