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A Vital Call from a Linguistic Explorer: Water from the Well by Helen Posno

Water from the Well is a long poem, dramatically sustained, that from the very first page reveals to the reader Posno’s unique perspective. She invites us into a world where birds own “their green woods,” where eyes are “blind inside of their tears,” where we listen to “Foaming white water as it play[s] and it tumble[s] all over its glittering waves.” This is not the usual objectification of the natural world, but a dynamically shared experience where nature and humanity are inseparable. In a time of alienation from our natural environment, this is a vital call, given in the most gentle and subtle manner, from a writer whose depth of feeling pulses through this slim, twenty-page book of poetry.