Fearn by Linda Dove
Paperback, 37 pages
First Edition, 2019
$9.00 + s/h
Fearn by Linda Dove is a collection where Fear is transforming, and doesn’t just become, but is a spectrum of objects, actions, and sensations. Fear is not some thing that’s crushing a person, or destroys the world like a weapon. "It learns/ to wait, its metal a hole of slack," a part of nature, dynamics, and an essential creating element of the world. These are poems of moments when fear is something that’s vulnerable and even evocative of a sympathy. Fear is a force, but one that’s just like anything else, and is only a part of all the other motions in this universe, "it holds our bodies open like a bag stuffed with raked leaves."
Linda Dove holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature and teaches college writing courses in southern California. Her award-winning books of poetry include her debut collection, In Defense of Objects (2009), and the chapbooks, O Dear Deer (2011), and This Too (2017), as well as the scholarly collection of essays, Women, Writing, and the Reproduction of Culture in Tudor and Stuart Britain (2000). Poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America. Currently, she is serving as the faculty editor for MORIA, the national, online literary magazine at Woodbury University. She lives with her human family, plus two Jack Russell terriers and three backyard chickens, in the foothills of Los Angeles.