Singing and Dying
by Glenna Luschei
A Nebraska Book Award Poetry Honor Book, this late-2016 collection of poems continues to prove that Glenna Luschei is “… one of the finest lyrical poets currently practicing in America.” (Grover Lewis)
Glenna Luschei’s voice is a brilliant gift! She sings the richness of days, the glorious eloquence of reckonings, hard places never ignored – full of grace and love, wondrous revelation, and all we must let go. Walk into the perfectly lit room of these poems and know you’re home.
— Naomi Shihab Nye
By Glenna Luschei
I too am singing
and dying. No
As a child, the place I most felt at home:
my grandparent’s farm unfolded from the prairie.
Mornings, I drank coffee with them,
cream from the cow.
Decoration Day I picked peony and iris,
sold them to families
traveling to the cemetery.
Fifty cents a bunch or free to people
with no cash.
It was the Depression.
Fathers walked all night for work.
I remember fragrance, lilac most of all.