I Come to Morning by Gale Gesner
Selected Poems of Gale Gesner

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"An aesthetically pleasing poetry collection penned by the late Gale Gesner and lovingly assembled by her long-time friend...The editor might consider separating the religious and inspirational verse from the more innovative nature poems, in order to target different audiences and create a more effective showcase for Gesner’s talents."
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I Come to Morning is a slim volume of original poems sharing a timeless message of joy and courage. Tucked into books and drawers, Gale Gesner's poetry was only discovered by her family after her death. The poems in this collection are appearing in print for the very first time.

In these pages, Gale transforms life and nature with indelible imagery: "The pines are holding his wings, / which flap like dark curtains in wind, / splitting raindrops in integral rhythms. / Where are the wings of the crow, / which peel the night from the moon, / spinning the sun into black?" Punctuated by occasional sharp outcries at injustice, her words embody a fierce courage and ever-deepening inner strength: "There is morning here / between the end and the beginning / shining like a shell in spangled sand." Complete within themselves, yet brimming with promise, Gale's poems take us with her on a journey to the morning she loved, a place of hope, where "even Siberian snows / Know springs."

The selections in this volume were chosen by Gale's mother, the late Evelyn Gesner. Forewords are by acclaimed authors Harvena Richter and Robert Peel. Jacket photos of Gale are by Bill Grant, former photographer for the Christian Science Monitor. At the request of Evelyn Gesner, the book was edited by her friend Priscilla Wright Pratt, who has since passed on. It was Priscilla's wish that her daughter, Catherine, would publish I Come to Morning.

 

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Published March 10, 2016 by Catherine Pratt. 80 pages
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Kirkus

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on Feb 19 2016

This statement could symbolize for readers the loss of Gesner’s talent before it was able to develop more fully. However, she also concludes the poem with a hopeful reminder that morning always comes. Not all the verses here produce the same spark, but certainly enough do to warrant a look.

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BlueInk Review

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on Mar 13 2016

"An aesthetically pleasing poetry collection penned by the late Gale Gesner and lovingly assembled by her long-time friend...The editor might consider separating the religious and inspirational verse from the more innovative nature poems, in order to target different audiences and create a more effective showcase for Gesner’s talents."

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