Just Write Books is pleased to bring you the latest collection of poetry from the pen of poet Diane H. Schetky, Looking Back: New and Selected Poems.
A collection of new poems and selected favorites, Schetky's poems will take readers exploring far-off places, like the Arctic and Antarctica, contemplating subjects like the environment and climate change. Others muse on life, memory, and the inevitability of age, all in free verse. As she notes, “nature bestows daily gifts upon those whose eye and ears
are ready to receive them.”
Diane Schetky has channeled much of her feeling into a deeply personal work. Having lived for more than eighty years and struggling with early Alzheimer's, she feels concern over her losses, and has assembled some of her older poems to save memories of the past and reflect and share them with friends and readers. The result is an intimate look into her life through a flow of eclectic compositions, where old is followed by new, ending on a selection of poems focusing on finding serendipity in a changing world.
Here's some praise for Looking Back:
"Perceptive, poignant, and lyrical, Diane Schetky’s wordplay combines the wisdom of aging, wonder at the natural world, and sensitivity to a changing world. Reading her poems is an experiential process, inviting empathic “Looking Back.” or recognition of “Right Whales Wrong Climate”. Schetky’s verse captures the reader with eloquence and insight"
—Ellen Rothchild, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Emerita, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
"I love experiencing the world through Diane Schetky’s poetry. Her reverence for Mother Earth, her knowledge and love of music and the natural world are deftly braided throughout this collection. But, Unfolding is more than that. In this collection, perhaps her most personal yet, the poet also includes poems about significant people from her childhood, loss, a failing memory, and aging."
—Maggie Butler, MSW, Certified Amherst Writers & Artist Facilitator
Nancy E. Randolph operates Just Write Books LLC offering consulting and coaching to writers. With over 50 years of writing experience and two decades in the publishing industry working with dozens of writers, Randolph has learned how to produce a manuscript that is ready for publication. Randolph uses that knowledge to help writers and authors reach their publishing goals. An active community member along with two others she founded and serves as a member of the board of Save Our Swinging Bridge.Org to ensure the maintenance of the historic Roebling-designed and -built bridge connecting Topsham and Brunswick.