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Book Shop News: Prophets and Poets

…sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. Each of them holds up visions we may not have seen before, says things we may not have understood, draws our attentions to mysteries and understandings in ways we can’t quite fathom. Poets find ways to describe their own days and worlds that may help us to look differently or more wonderfully at our own. Now, a poet in our midst, Lynette Reini-Grandell, offers her second book of poems, Wild Verge (published by Holy Cow! Press). In it she considers, among many things, her Finnish kin, the natural world, horses, bears, her transgender partner, and even our own Cathedral. 

Twice president of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English, Lynette teaches at Normandale Community College; her first collection of poems received the 2014 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. But her credentials don’t begin to tell what her poems do, how they call attention to the blessedness and strangeness of everyday life. In “Old Man Bear” she says, “I say these things that you might see them, I love these things that you might love them.” In “That Singing Voice” she shows how hearing music affects its listeners. In “Beatitude for Kevin Brixius” she gives us a modern canticle. There’s much more to note and to cherish here, and the Book Shop has copies available now.

Also of note: for those who’ve been admiring the art of Robert Lesch in our current gallery exhibit, the Book Shop has several prints and note cards of his work.

All this, and we have Mother’s Day cards too; lots of reasons to come and see…