- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Able Muse Press (9 July 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1773490168
- ISBN-13: 978-1773490168
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 263 g
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Naked for Tea: Poems Paperback – 9 Jul 2018
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Most anyone can make lemonade out of lemons. However, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer’s welcoming voice, receptive heart, artistic mastery, and empathic vision become an alchemy of being. Out of mudslides, misunderstandings, the exploits of Wild Rose, deep loss, and chocolate cake that sinks in the center, she makes courage, care, joy, and compassion. When “what’s the use” breaks down the back door, she is there, her great good soul encouraging us to sigh, laugh, renew our attention, and feel grateful for and delighted by any cake that sinks in the center.
— Jack Ridl, author of Practicing to Walk Like a Heron and Saint Peter and the Goldfinch
Heart-thawingly honest, deliriously sexy, and compassionate down to the fingertips. A book of kindness and bewilderment and delight from one of our best poets.
— Teddy Macker, author of This World
There is still rich ore in the Colorado San Juans. Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer is a treasure. In an era of seeming nonstop, subject-matterless, first person mirror dancing at the Temple of Narcissus incomprehension, it is a delight to find a poet who can tell a crackling story laced with gorgeous imagery and euphony that will appeal to the ancient seats of learning: the heart, belly, and brain. These are poems Sappho and Horace would love: they delight and instruct. They can be read and sung, and they will echo from the proverbial Colorado mountaintops through the archetypal red rock canyons of your mind. Prepare thyself to be smitten and to fall in love.
— David Lee, Utah State Poet Laureate emeritus, author of Last Call and A Legacy of Shadows
Reading Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer is to float upon a never-ending waterfall of wonder . . . Pay attention. The elegance of her simplicity will blind you to her mastery. Then, she will let you fall, head over heels, in Love. With everything.
— Wayne Muller (from the foreword), author of Sabbath and Legacy of the Heart
About the Author
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer lives in southwest Colorado and is the author of eleven collections of poetry. Her poems have appeared in O Magazine, Rattle.com, TEDx, in back alleys, on A Prairie Home Companion, and on river rocks she leaves around town. She s taught poetry for Think 360, Craig Hospital, Ah Haa School for the Arts, Weehawken Creative Arts, Camp Coca-Cola, meditation retreats, twelve-step recovery programs, hospice, and many other organizations. She s won the Fischer Prize, Rattle s Ekphrastic Challenge, the Dwell Press Solstice Prize, the Writer s Studio Literary Contest, and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. As Colorado s Western Slope Poet Laureate (2015 2017), she created and curates Heard of Poets, an interactive poetry map. She earned her MA in English Language & Linguistics at UW-Madison. Since 2006, she s written a poem a day. One-word mantra: Adjust.
Naked for Tea was a finalist for the 2017 Able Muse Book Award.
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Trommer's poems run the gamut from sensual to sublime; not one leaves the reader head-scratching, wondering what she means. She nudges the reader to notice and accept human commonality with phrases such as "all our shadows fall the same direction."
The book title stems from the poem "That's Right," which includes these lines:
Maybe, by the time we pass the cream
you'll have slipped out of
your own button-up shirt,
your judgment, your embarrassment,
Many of the poems in this volume encourage the reader's self-reflection, offering a gentle nudge toward accepting the imperfections and failures we each embody. She assures with these lines:
Oh, sweet failure, how it leads us.
Any unhappy ending is only an invitation
to crawl into the blank pages
of the next unwritten chapter.
Trommer distills observations of literal travel, as airplane passengers; of inner travel, as lost in loneliness; and of metaphoric travel, as in following life's path:
I think of all the people
who have walked
through my life,
how invisible their paths
are now. Can anyone else
see the ways I've been marked?
someone might walk into your life
and change the landscape,
another invisible road.
My recommendation? Keep this book next to your journal. On days when life doesn't make sense, open at random and read a few poems. You'll find your situation reflected in tea, or landscape, or donkeys, or human-to-human love.
by Jazz Jaeschke
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
Her authenticity, her uncanny ability to capture the depth of life's simplest offerings, her willingness to put into words the magic revealed only through stillness, and her soul-connection with beauty of all shapes and sizes - these are some of the gifts that make Rosemerry's work so special.
This collection is full of heart and soul and grit. I read these poems because they speak to me. I read them to my self-discovery groups because they speak to the journey of looking inward. I read them to my yoga classes because they speak to the struggles inherent in being human. I read them to my private psychology clients because they open places that logic cannot reach. I read and re-read these poems, and as I do, I am invited into a deeper understanding of what it means to participate fully in this precious life.
Rosemerry's poems are life-stories. They make me nod, wince, smile, laugh, sigh and cry. Years ago, I found the mythical "pot of gold" when I ran across her blog. Naked for Tea brings that gold home in a beautiful book that feels wonderful in the hands. This book is a gift - for you, and/or from you!!
As you can see by the picture, I love this book! There are almost as many bookmarks as there are pages. Each page a gem! (And yes, if you look closely, one of those bookmarks is a piece of toilet paper - it's what I had at the time!)
These poems make me pause. They paint pictures so vivid its as if my own eyes had seen these places and felt these landscapes.
Naked for Tea is inspiring to read and fun to share. It would be a fabulous gift! I highly recommend it - whether or not you're a poetry fan, you'll enjoy this book!