At the age of 66, Carolyn Martin published Finding Compass, her first book of poetry.
The 46 poems in this collection express the wit, wisdom, and insight of a woman who jettisoned her GPS system a long time ago and decided to flow with life’s currents rather than paddle against them.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING . . .
Finding Compass is a very rare thing: a book that people who don’t usually read poetry will love from the minute they read the first verse. Funny, touching, memorable—each poem captures a moment that opens into a hidden story, one that will make you laugh or cry or remember, and sometimes all three jumbled together in the most wonderful way. Finding Compass offers genuine pleasure for every kind of reader.
Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography
Carolyn Martin appreciates story and sound —
No yolk! I shout
My lips love “o”
My throat the “k”—
Whether she is describing her New Jersey childhood or recasting Bible stories, her poems are filled with close observation, humor, and reverence.
Penelope Scambly Schott,
Winner of the 2008 Oregon Book Award for Poetry