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When you read a great
book of poems, your first response is not to go back to the book.
Instead, what you want to do is to look around you, to see the world
that the poems made new. This is what Elizabeth Oakes’s Leave
Here Knowing does for me. Her poems about magic and hope, silence
and the spirit within the silence, are in the great tradition of
American poetry and art that searches for the transcendent in the real
moment, a tradition that reaches from Anne Bradstreet through Emily
Dickinson to Georgia O’Keefe. Elizabeth Oakes’s poems open you
up to that real moment and tell you, “Look, it’s here.”
— John Guzlowski, author of Lightning and Ashes
“We think back through our mothers if we are women,” Virginia Woolf
contends. Elizabeth Oakes demonstrates in Leave Here Knowing that we
think forward through them as well. I first became an Oakes fan in The
Farmgirl Poems, a personal book with a plainspoken, intimate voice. In
the new book that intimate voice is catapulted into the mythic without
losing an iota of immediacy or clarity. It is a rare poet who can call
forth the archetypal in both Tammy Wynette and Sappho. Elizabeth Oakes
is just such a poet. Leave Here Knowing is a brilliant book, an
indispensable guide into the mystery.
— Donna Hilbert, author of The Green Season
Libby Oakes has one of the clearest narrative voices I have ever read.
Her heroines are notables, like Sappho or Virginia Wolf or Mary, the
mother of Jesus. And if all of these women not known, they are noble and
full-bodied, like elders, or like Kali, Lilith or the Moon. Reading the
narrative is like stepping onto a ship for parts unknown. All of these
women sail deep waters and carry us with them through their
passages. The characters are strong, certain and clear-eyed figureheads
on a ship whose voices carry us toward an enchanted land filled with
— Normandi Ellis, author of Going West