Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012 by Nina Serrano
Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012 completes my trilogy Heart Suite presenting selections from my 43 years of poetic work begun with Heart Songs: 1969-1980 and then continued with “Heart’s Journey, Selected Poems 1980-1999.” I am glad to be caught up with the 21st century.
“Nina Serrano’s Heart Strong, the final volume in a suite of three poetry collections, is a work that rings with honesty and sings with courage. We come to know the poet as a serious woman and as a political activist, one who seeks social justice in both arenas, always with an abiding and infectious zest for living. She moves us through a range of poems where some dream, others ponder life’s mysteries, still others read like indigenous parables; and in some, we stare with her head-on and unflinchingly into the face of death. Many of the poems are narrative, others lyrical, some meditative, still others inventive in form. We are often rooted in place as a stage for the serious struggle for global social justice; and yet, Serrano can delight as she throws a “ring around the moon” or conjures a “chorus of birds… quetzals of glory.” The best news about this collection is that we cannot help but leave it without both loving the poetry and feeling loved by the poet.”
Andrena Zawinski, author of Something About, a PEN Oakland Award recipient; Features Editor at PoetryMagazine.com