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Wing Over Wing clears a path in the midst of everyday life to reveal the holy—whether catching fireflies at night, waiting at a bus stop, or experiencing the death of a loved one. This collection of beautiful poems lives at the intersection of the sacred and the ordinary, from the swirling flight of birds to conversations with the homeless. Wing Over Wing brims with compassion. The reader will find comfort and sustenance, as well as surprise and laughter, in these pages.
About the Author
Julie Cadwallader Staub was born in Minneapolis. She graduated from Earlham College with a degree in religious studies, and earned a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers. Her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, published in journals, awarded grants and prizes, and included in several anthologies, notably Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems, and Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems.
"This book is a treasure, the work of a poet who time and again has opened my eyes to my own life and the life of the world. Julie Cadwallader Staub has a gift for finding the holy in nature and human nature—in the choreographed flight of birds and in a chance meeting with a homeless man. At a time when our public life is so squalid and shameful, we need voices like hers, voices of clarity and compassion, to remind us of the human possibilities that are forever within us and between us. Wing Over Wing is a collection to sustain our spirits, ignite our imaginations, and help us reclaim true north." —Parker J. Palmer, author of Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, and Healing the Heart of Democracy
"'To whom do we belong if not to one another?' Julie Cadwallader Staub lives and writes with a curious eye and a grateful soul, finding comfort and revelation in metaphor, parable and lush loving alliterative sound. Wing Over Wing offers a way to live with meaning, grace and an ever-hopeful heart tuned to healing and discovery." —Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Transfer: Poems, Honeybee: Poems and Short Prose, and Tender Spot: Selected Poems
"Julie Cadwallader Staub has a fine ear for what she calls ‘the language of trees.’ These poems unfold with a rich, deep music. The poet inclines her ear to the mysteries, and she finds them everywhere, in the least expected places." —Jay Parini, author of New and Collected Poems, 1975-2015 and Empire of the Self: A Life of Gore Vidal
"These poems invite you to witness life’s precise, essential moments: a mother¹s curlers, a child’s bath time, a husband’s last breath. They are poems of praise, sorrow, reverence and deep love, and they’ll grip you and spin you round with gentle insistency. Look! They seem to say, and: Look again! Every poem brings you round a bend in road, river, or memory to see with new eyes even the most familiar of vistas." —Miciah Bay Gault, author of the recent novel, Goodnight Stranger