Little Palace of Illness
Little Palace of Illness is a palimpsest of relationships—with mothers and fathers, with siblings, with husbands and lovers, friends and even pets. Ana Manwaring explores love and loss in an intimate chronicle pulled from her experiences as a child of divorce, adoption, the loss of her sister to cancer, first love met, lost and lost again. The poems uncover human emotions tied to marriage, death, eldercare and belonging to expose the guilt and anger, yearnings, sadness and joys, and love that lead to the ultimate outcome: Forgiveness and release.
Nick Triglia, poet, author of My Religion and In the Shadow of the Postman
What question wafts on the spring air
like feathered seed, trailing the chatter
of grey squirrels from the redwoods, twittering
with the finches in leafy hiding, awaiting
Sunday brunch at the feeder?
A question as iridescent and sleek
as that pair of crows, calling
plans for offspring growing
in eggshell sacks in a nest nearby.
Does the family of quail pecking
across the field answer? Or the ringed doves’
sacred songs, do they tell me the answer?