Thailand Journal
by Denise Low

With each new collection - and this is the ninth - Low's images grow more luxuriant, while her lines remain expertly trimmed. It is Low's broken lines, though, that create the resonant moments when music and meaning linger as if momentarily suspended "where breath pauses/a split second/between this breath/and the next."—Kathleen Johnson, Kansas City Star   Low’s poems give us sharply etched scenes and impressions of a sojourn in a world both exotic and familiar. The poet is able to focus her customary Kansas clarity, her tenderness and insight, on a culture and a countryside, where one could drop at any moment “into the first sky of creation.”—Robert Dana,  

“These moving and compassionate poems add richness to American culture by accessing lives of another people and creating a bridge all can cross. The music and wisdom of Low’s extraordinary poems linger first in the ear, but finally find their way to the heart.”— Vivian Shipley, ed. Connecticut Review


Two Gates

I look through glass and see a young woman
of about twenty, washing dishes, and the window
turns into a painting. She is myself thirty years ago.
She holds the same blue bowls and brass teapot
I still own. I see her outline against lamplight,
but she knows only her side of the pane. The porch
where I stand looks empty. Sunlight fades. I hear
water run in the sink and she lowers her head,
blind to the future. She does not imagine I exist.

I step forward for a better look and she dissolves

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Thailand Journal (2003)
by Denise Low

5 ½” by 8 ½”
64 pages
perfect bound paperback



















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