In Twelve Hands:
Wild Leaf Poetry Annual 2009
A great variety of styles and subject matter inhabit this collection of twelve poets in various stages of their careers. From James Francis Callihane's light-hearted depiction of his Catholic father's difficulties in marrying his "Tall.Protestant. Expectant.Girlfriend." to Jackie Zollo Brooke's heartfelt account of the speaker's mother in "Asylum," these poets find effective ways to express their onging empathy with their unfolding subjects:

She named the doctors and nurses and patients one by one,
especially Belle the Deer who nibbled leaves from trees,
compulsively Belle spelled out "d-o-e, d-o-e, d-o-e, d-o-e,
(that was before her lobotomy.)

As Lynn Veach Sadler describes the troubling courtroom realities that accompany divorce in "Fumbling", she notes:

Why are we at the courthouse?
What brought us to this pass?
Will Spring come again?
Will we become a proverb in others' way?
I'd not be a bee to sting.
I vow to be a butterfly.
Butterflies already fumble.

Many poems feature crisis points in which a major decision must be made, especially in regard to bridging the interface between poet and subject, or reconnecting with a place of hope and reaffirmation.

We hope that you have a chance to enjoy the artistic outpourings of the many poets in this collection, including the three mentioned above and R.T. Sedgwick, Greg Salvatore, Rudy K. Sturk, Joseph Hart, James K. Zimmerman, David C. Manfredi, John Fitzpatrick, Scott Ruescher and Tom McFadden.