In Mary Lou Sanelli’s sixth collection, the author shows, in poem after poem, just what place means to her: the people, the landscape, the gardens, the cafes, and, yes, the water. She does, indeed, crave the water. For Sanelli, rain, for which the Northwest is so well known, has a mission to revive and cleanse rather than to depress or sadden, and she learns, along with her readers, how to grow and to thrive in this notorious rain…And it’s about Sanelli’s sojourns away from her home, her trips to the mountains of New Mexico, to the islands of Hawaii, and down the long peninsula of Baja California, sojourns she makes which only intensify her love of the Northwest. You’ll come away from this book with a deep appreciation of this corner of America and, quite likely, with a longing to know your own home town and your own neighbors a little better than you do now.
Mary Lou Sanelli has published seven collections of poetry and two works of non-fiction, AMONG FRIENDS (Aequitas Books, 2009) and FALLING AWAKE (Aequitas Books, 2007). A WOMAN WRITING (Aequitas Books, 2015), is Mary Lou Sanelli’s newest title. Her regular columns appear in Seattle’s City Living Magazine, Art Accessmagazine, as well as the Peninsula Daily News & Lilipoh health magazine. She has written for the Seattle Times, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Morning Edition, National Public Radio, Seattle’s NPR station KUOW FM, and many other publications and radio stations. She works as a successful literary speaker and is booked at regional and national conferences and many other venues. She is also a master teacher of Lyrical style Jazz Dance and teach classes & workshops throughout the world. She lives in Seattle.