A Small Pile of Feathers
In A Small Pile of Feathers: The Collected Poems of Gerry Spence, Mr. Spence offers readers the chance to take a walk through the nine decades of his extraordinary life. In the three sections of A Small Pile of Feathers, Mr. Spence reveals his spiritual, loving, and sometimes humorous sides, depicted in his devotion to family and to preserve the wild places he writes of as though they were inscribed on his own bones, in his own blood.
Section 1, Man in Nature—Nature in Man, is filled with poems that evoke the ineffable relationship between humanity and the landscapes we inhabit—the changing of the seasons and the turning of our own clocks, the ripening of our lives over the years we are given.
Section 2, I Heard the Small Birds Sing—Poems of Love and Family, illuminates the deep love and respect Spence feels for his family and friends and reveals a romantic side in poems reminiscent of Pablo Neruda’s love sonnets.
Section 3, The Wyoming I Know, is an unvarnished yet warm and honest memorial for the hardy, persistent, and all-but-forgotten people who helped to settle the west and Wyoming in particular. These poems, as Mr. Spence, says, “sing from a heart worn smooth.”
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Author: Gerald Leonard “Gerry” Spence
ISBN: 978-1-944986-17-9 paperback, 978-1-944986-18-6 hardback
Market price: $14.95 paperback, $22.95 hardback
Page Count: 126
Gerry’s gift of poetic language conveys the spirit, beauty and harshness of life in Wyoming, as well as the depth of his love for family and friends with vivid imagery. The truth of his poems about relationships will resonate with the soul, and his insight into nature’s wildlife will touch the heart. — Gene Gagliano, Wyoming Poet Laureate
Gerry Spence speaks clear as the bluest sky in A Small Pile Feathers. Here is a legendary American voice “crying in the lost far gone” yet tempered with an immersion in the natural world, a love for family and a consummate identification with his home, Wyoming. One would anticipate the fierce timbre of a frontier lawyer, however, nearing the end of this record of Western seasons, this yearning: “If our wretched world could grasp the grace of peace”, there is a sweet humility that is more convincing than persuasion. Spence is not sparing of those who would waste the world and yet more profound is his argument to “sing out of a heart worn smooth” and “at last, in peace, to face the boundaries of life.” — James Scott Smith, author of Water, Rocks and Trees
Born, reared, and educated in Wyoming, Gerry Spence is recognized nationwide for his legacy of powerful courtroom victories and as the founder of the nationally acclaimed Trial Lawyers College, which established a revolutionary method for training lawyers to work for social justice.
He has spent his career, both as an attorney and as a teacher of attorneys, striving on behalf of ordinary citizens. He has received numerous awards including an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Wyoming, and in 2009 was inducted into the American Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame. Gerry Spence is the author of 18 other books, including the best-selling How to Argue and Win Every Time and the widely-acclaimed novel, Half-Moon and Empty Stars. Sastrugi Press published his book of quotes, So I Said, in 2018.
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About the Editor
Lori Howe is the award- winning author of Cloudshade: Poems of the High Plains (2015) and Voices at Twilight (2016). She is the Editor in Chief of Clerestory: Poems of the Mountain West, and served as the executive editor for Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone: An Anthology of Wyoming Writers (Sastrugi Press, 2016). She holds an M.F.A. in Poetry and a Ph.D. in Literacy, and lives in Laramie, Wyoming, where she recently joined the English and Honors faculty at the University of Wyoming.