Join us in celebrating the release of Measuring the Marigolds, a collection of poems by Miriam Bat-Ami.
Dr. Bat-Ami tells us that:
Place factors heavily in the landscape of these poems. It is both inner and outer landscape. Against the backdrop of Southwest Michigan, I explore my own position. While, like the inchworm in The Inch Worm Song, I am measuring who I was and who I’ve become, I understand that measuring is flexible and always changing. Two and two are four, four and four are eight—just as in the song—but the combination of numbers are not always the same, and how one adds up a life can always change. I ask myself questions that some of the people I write about may well ask themselves: What kind of meaning can I make of my life?
This collection, her fifth published book, offers rich insight into her relationship to home, place, family and change. The poems reflect her experience as a mother, a teacher and a long-term resident of West Michigan.
Bat-Ami, WMU professor emeritus, has lived in Mattawan for the last 23 years where she and her husband have raised two children, dogs, cats, chickens, and an assortment of small furry creatures. She has written creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. When she is not writing or gardening, she acts in local theaters and loves making people laugh. Best of all, she plays with her new and first grandbaby girl, Maya.
Measuring the Marigolds is available online from Caffeinated Press or from any bookstore with the good sense to stock this delightful collection.