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One Girl Babylon

Stumbling Into the Light,

Antrim House Books(2004)






Stumbling Into the Light


“ ‘The secret/ she teaches me over and over/ is brutality,’ Edwina Trentham says in one of several poems about gardening and her mother, from whom she learns the importance of ‘pinching back now/ if you want opulence later.’ Drawing her inspiration from a childhood in Bermuda that was indeed pinched—by a beautiful young mother’s icy reserve and a much older father’s elusive attentions—Trentham cultivates the past to produce the opulent display of poems in this volume. While the scenes she portrays are often dark and spare, her language spills over with color and light.” —Sue Ellen Thompson


“The gentle candor and vulnerability of these poems, matched with their hard-won truths, are possible only because their speaker has lived the ‘myth’ of paradise and family so deeply that myth has become an eloquently distilled memoir. Nearly every poem is an encounter with the human heart, acknowledging betrayal, anger, loneliness, longing, grief—gratitude also. These poems are grounded in a compassion that is never shallowly rooted.” —Margaret Gibson