Extending the Shade
By Betty Sue Flowers
These are poems of the myth of life:
"I think of the poems in the book as moments of a myth that continues
to develop and that myth is the story of my life. A poem is a moment in
The poetry in this collection comes from the life of an innovator, an
educator on a grand scale and a woman who holds art close to the center
of being. They are poetic visualizations which speak reality into existence.
Some are set in West Texas, where the poet grew up. Many come from the
journey which has taken this poet all over the world.
"Flowers is an English professor and director of the Plan II honors program
at the University. . . Strong female images are interwoven throughout
poems such as 'Mary and Martha,' 'The Prince and the Frog' and 'The Older
Woman Speaks of Love.' Grandmothers, mothers, daughters and goddesses
all figure conspicuously in her poems . . . Her poetry is an insistence
on that which is beautiful, and passionate, and excellent in life. She
weaves together a lot of knowledge about contemporary myth with an earthy
and very gracious Texas sense of hospitality."
Martha FitzSimon, "The Daily Texan"
Cover art by Harriet Hyams, 84 pgs., $14.95, ISBN: 0-911051-51-1,