Poets of the Monterey Bay
Poems by Rosie King
Praise for Sweetwater, Saltwater:
At last Rosie Kings long awaited first book is here. Sweetwater,
Saltwaterwith its poems of family and childhood, the community of friends, dreams and
visions, loss and joyis infused with a sweet abundance, a kindness and charity that enlarges
our spirit. Its said that grace cannot be earned, only bestowed. But Rosie King earns the
grace in these hard-wrought fine-crafted poems, and her gift is that she bestows that grace
on us. There is as well a lyric freshness to her work, poems that shine like river stones,
polished by long immersion in the waters of the spirit. What a blessing to have this new
book, these gracious poems.
Rosie King was born in Saginaw, Michigan. A graduate of Wellesley College, she came west in 1966 and did her masters degree at San Francisco State and her doctorate in Literature at UC Santa Cruz. Her poetry was first honed as she taught beginning poets and wrote a dissertation on the poetry of H.D. She has practiced and taught Rosen bodywork for over twenty years and lived for six years as a Zen monk at Green Gulch and Tassajara. She makes her home, with pond, fruit trees, and garden, near the beach in Santa Cruz.
Sweetwater, Saltwater by Rosie King. February 2007.
Read or hear the four poems from Sweetwater, Saltwater read by Garrison Keillor on
The Writers Almanac on National Public Radio: