Poets of the Monterey Bay
|Time and Peonies
Poems by Rosie King
Praise for Time and Peonies:
In Time and Peonies, Rosie King delves deeply into poems of family and
childhood, the community of friends, loss and joy. She has become attuned to what Kenneth Rexroth
calls luminous moments. Her poems are infused with a lucid abundance, a kindness and charity
that enlarges the spirit. Even in the face of loss she salvages hope and courageand
Im filled again/with a crush of old sweetness/at how giving a moment can be as it vanishes.
These are poems that shine like river stones, polished by long immersion in the waters of the spirit.
It didnt matter that I had other things to do the afternoon I sat down to read Rosie Kings
Time and Peonies. Once I entered the poems, hers was the only world I was certain of.
Each poem reads almost like a chapter in a novel. There is a softness, strength, and sureness in
Rosies tellings. Try to stop after reading and savoring just one poem: go ahead, I dare you!
I admire Rosie Kings irresistably lyrical voice. One senses shes unable to do otherwise
than listen from the center of her being and make music. The poems of Time and Peonies
are elegiac, but also often, what one might call poems of astonishment. One comes away from these
astonishments inspired to
live your brief life, too, among what we/ in our love-bent way/
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 where she taught beginning poets and wrote a dissertation on the poetry of H.D. Her poems have appeared in various journals and four poems from her first book, Sweetwater, Saltwater (Hummingbird Press, 2007), were read by Garrison Keillor on The Writers Almanac. When not traveling, she makes her home, with pond, fruit trees, and garden, near the beach in Santa Cruz.
Time and Peonies by Rosie King. March 2017.
Read or hear the poem from Time and Peonies read by Garrison Keillor on
The Writers Almanac on National Public Radio: