Returning to the World of Adults

Work can take over my life for all kinds of reasons, but one of the more demanding ones is the role of Overnight Chaperone on teen weekend trips. I enjoy these excursions and am more than happy to support young people gaining more experiences in leadership, community service, and just plain fun. Still, when the… Continue reading Returning to the World of Adults

Review: Life After Rugby by Eileen G’Sell (reviewed by Laura Eppinger)

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Life After Rugby

By Eileen G’Sell

Gold Wake Press, 2017

$15.95

ISBN: 978-1640084650

Eileen G’Sell’s poetry collection “Life After Rugby” (Gold Wake Press, 2018, $14.95, 74 pages) presents moments of wonder and pain through vocabulary and forms certain to enchant. The dedication of the collection includes two quotations to set the tone: one from Simone Weil about the fleeting beauty of the world, and this one from Mike Tyson: “There’s nothing more deadly and proficient than a happy fighter.”

With these fierce words in mind the reader is greeted by the first poem, “Follow the Girl in the Red Boots,” a sublime invitation to forget what “plenty of people” do, say or expect. There’s magic in the closing stanza:

“Follow the girl in the stolen shoes.
Follow the map that she made you.

Follow the soar of her certain song.
Plenty of people won’t.”

The entire poem celebrates…

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