Geography of My Bones comprises Olivia Diamond's collected poems over more than three decades. Divided into six sections: Origins, Midwest, West and Beyond, Middle East and Elsewhere, East of Eden and Innerscape; her poetry like her life begins in the very center of America and makes its way into a much larger world. She has the range to bind her words in classical poetic form and proves herself a master.
The geography of her poetry extends from the domestic to the deeply spiritual. She writes with a gently humorous appreciation of the vagaries of day to day life, from holding hands in a movie theater to an imagined conversation between Marilyn Monroe and Dame Edith Sitwell to roasting coffee in Saudi Arabia.
Her poetical journey covers growing up in Americaís heartland to the Middle East. She expresses her experiences in a variety of styles to suit her vision. The inner and outer scenery she explores in her poems evoke both laughter and pain; while her pungent, yet tasty appraisal of humanity summon all five senses to participate in the celebration.
This volume of 335 pages has a laminated cover with six gray scale illustrations by artist Vin Librassi, published by Helm Publishing, Rockford, IL.
Sample these two poems from the collection: