Desert Light

Desert Light by Loretta Diane Walker

by "Loretta Diane Walker"

What is striking about Desert Light is that the “traditional” Southwest poems are human, i.e. “a chorale of clouds,” “night shuts What is striking about Desert Light is that the “traditional” Southwest poems are human, i.e. “a chorale of clouds,” “night shuts its ears,” “the wind walks quietly,” “the sky is a woman,” while the poems that are written in first person or second person are more organic. You would think it would be the other way around, but this combination becomes an elegant melding of wide-open spaces and interiors. Some of the poems are heartbreakingly tragic but written with such finesse, they catch you by surprise and take your breath away. For every little girl trying to grow up with one shred of dignity and self-esteem, “When I Thought I was Pretty” will give you a name for the lady whose “savage smile could peel skin from stones.” “A Dear John Letter On Behalf of My Dignity” should be required reading for everyone. Walker has knocked it out of the park with this quiet, yet powerful and lovely group of poems.


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About the Author

Loretta Diane Walker

For her acclaimed book, In This House, Loretta Diane Walker won the 2016 Phyllis Wheatley Book Award for poetry. Her manuscript Word Ghetto won the 2011 Bluelight Press Book Award, and Loretta is a multiple Pushcart Nominee and a Best of the Net Nominee. She teaches music in Odessa, Texas. Loretta received a BME from Texas Tech University and earned an MA from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.