Just This

Just This - Margaret Chula

By Margaret Chula
Cover photo by Dobree Adams
94 pages, 8.5 x 5.5, perfect bound – $16.00
Published by Mountains and Rivers Press

late summer
in the garden
just before dusk
touching leaves and flowers
as I never touched you

my parents and in-laws
moving towards senility
suddenly
there’s no one
I need to impress

displayed in the window
of a consignment shop
my old evening gown
on a flaxen-haired maiden
the size I once was

 

“Margaret Chula’s tanka are deeply enriched and informed by her study of their Japanese ancestors, yet remain distinctly American and distinctly her own, the produce of genuine cross-cultural pollination. Subtle, compassionate, wonder-filled, these poems of endearing insight and revelation.” – Sam Hamill”I have read poetry for years, with Wendell Berry making a major impact on me in college, but I’ve never had such an immediate connection to a set of poems as I did reading Just This.” – James Falzone, Composer

“A second full-length collection by Margaret Chula is indeed cause for celebration. Her artful poems weave the grace and elegance of Heian-era women poets of the Japanese imperial court with threads of modern life in the 21st century. Subtle shades of grief, longing, attraction, regret and love are all present. Like the skilled practitioner of ikebana, she arranged beauty with every flower of the heart.” – Cherie Hunter Day