Wynne Nicholson, in this debut collection, writes of healing through journaling, and grieving through the privilege of language. While carving her niche in the long poetic tradition of confronting personal loss through art, the poems in Small Gifts swell with acceptance of the dreams, memories, and trusts that a mother’s death leaves behind. The resulting poetic experience is genuinely uplifting and humble.
“Wynne Nicholson’s poems find ‘small gifts’, diamond sharded snow, perfumed pine cones, cricket songs, African violets in bloom, amoung the tangled threads of a family disintegrating. Grief songs, reaching for love.” — Di Brandt.