Here for your delectation is the SPECTACULAR & RARE--------------------LABOR SONGS: POEMS by Diane Raptosh.
Raised in Idaho, where she teaches at the College of Idaho, Raptosh (Just West of Now, 1992) continues to find inspiration in the western landscape for these modest and likable poems that move with pleasant rhythms. While some of her simple songs celebrate images of the state (On Living Here and Western Idaho Fair), others take on the voices of workers, from the female farmer in Homestead, Oregon, who is slightly crazy to the retired GM employee from Detroit who offers an inspired prayer for her family (Giuseppina's Petition). Raptosh also assumes the voice of a notorious midwestern book thief and of the 5,000-year-old man newly discovered in the Alps (The Iceman's Oracle). The poet's wry and easy humor reveals itself in her wonderful study in perspective, consisting of three views of Mary chastising the Infant Jesus: from Max Ernst, who painted a version; from Joseph, who's just a regular-guy carpenter; and from Dr. Spock. Raptosh sings sweetly of the unison wingbeats among pelicans, quail, pigeons, and guinea hens; her simpler songs also extol the glories of motherhood: nursing her daughter (Drinking Song); rocking her to sleep (Late Autumn Nocturne); and the actual moment of birth in the title poem, a chantlike verse that captures the hard-breathing rhythms of labor itself. Raptosh's lovelier poems never cloy, and she elsewhere wishes for her daughter what she herself enjoys: the reverie / of place.
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