Deal Me In
by Alyce Guynn and Jesse Taylor
Pearson Publishing Company, 2005. ISBN 0976808307.
Reviewed by Catherine Cogburn
Posted on 09/05/2007
Deal Me In is a wonderful, earthy book of poetry and art by Alyce Guynn and Jesse Taylor. Alyce's poetry and Jesse's art combine to tell a beautiful, mysterious story of love, pleasure, spiritual bliss, and exquisite grief down through the years—a remarkable journey of two people unafraid of what life brought them, a glorious willingness to expose the private parts that allow us to join with them.
This is a book of love, from the beginnings of a young girl's heart to the wise woman's willingness to let go and hold dear. There are mysteries we can't know fully, leaving us delightfully curious, although I'd love to hear the stories. (What are your vigilante ghosts?) The artwork tells us that Jesse knew the stories and understood them. There is the most delicate exposure of her grief, accepted. Her poems make the ordinary holy; she can bring down the Goddess, leading us to our own.
Deal Me In inspires the reader to take hold of the sacred available to us in every moment and commands us to stop wasting time. The last line is, "I am healed." Ah, yes.
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