Rearrangement of the Invisible
by Gail Rudd Entrekin
90 pages, Retail $16.00
Gail Rudd Entrekin has an M.A. in English Literature from Ohio State University and has taught poetry and English literature at California colleges for 25 years. Poetry Editor of Hip Pocket Press since 2000, she edits the press' online environmental literary magazine, Canary (www.hippocketpress.com/canary).
She edited the poetry & short fiction anthology Sierra Songs & Descants: Poetry & Prose of the Sierra (2002) and the poetry anthology Yuba Flows (2007).
Her poems have been widely published in anthologies and literary magazines and were finalists for the Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry from Nimrod International Journal in 2011. She and her husband live in the hills of San Francisco's East Bay.
About the Book
Gail Rudd Entrekin's Rearrangement of the Invisible is both praise and
eulogy, a cherishing of the moments of our lives and a sorrow song for their passing.
Through it all we feel the force of her love—for her family and for all of
us. We are, she tells us, sprung from the same source: "Like the aspen trees in
the golden grove/ seem to be tall bouquets of shimmering yellow leaves/ in separate
silver vases, but are really the same tree/ rising up from the same…winding root…"
An honest, intimate, and wise book.
— Ellen Bass, The Human Line (and co-editor of the classic women's anthology No More Masks)
Part-lyric, part-narrative, part-novella in verse, these poems never stray far from
their passionate appetite for life, fear of the unknown, and the titanic thrill
and mystery of love. Many of these poems deal with the subtle realities of cancer
diagnosis, chemo, the trance states of illness, the "wait and see," the "opposite
oceans" of waking and dreaming, and the life-defining clarity the threat of death
sharpens. With life's visible stuff blurring the invisible, still, love –
ancient, un-prescribed, redeeming, intuitive – lights up the unseen.
— Al Young, California poet laureate (2005-2008)