By Carmelita McGrath
In this new collection of poetry, Carmelita McGrath writes from a place where past, present, and future meet near the end of a century. Women cross oceans to embrace dreams and give birth in harsh conditions. A doctor borrows a “dead grandmother’s hands” to ease a difficult birth. A child wanders through a winter park and receives intimations of death within death. a man brings a woman a fish to make her fall in love with him. Angels are imagined as gift-givers to soothe an old disappointment. And desire persists, a life-force, from childhood through age, from generation to generation.