on keeping things small
Poems by Marilyn Bushman-Carlton
“Outweighing what we cannot change, and growing.” Marilyn Bushman-Carlton evokes familiar, intimate landscapes that are quickly fading to memory. Her children are grown and render discordant, plaintive harmonies. Yards display twisted trunks and rare blossoms. The neighborhood is no longer innocent. With equivocal feelings, Bushman-Carlton summons sweet, nostalgic revelry.
“on keeping things small achieves exactly what the poet wants. Each poem, small in itself, adds to the extraordinary satisfaction that she gives to her readers. Bushman-Carlton writes with wonder, love, and not a little wit.” — Leslie Norris, author, Sequences
“Bushman-Carlton traces filaments strung between parent and child, between lovers, between gardener and earth, and—infused with thought and vision—lets image open meaning.” —Linda Sillitoe, author, Crazy for Living and Other Poems
“Written from the heart, these poems validate the sanctity of dailiness and the dignity of womaness.” —Sally Smith, founder, A Woman’s Place Bookstores
Marilyn Bushman-Carlton was named the 1999 Utah Poet of the Year by the Utah Poetry Society. She has been a Utah Arts Council Artist-in-Residence, UAC Artist Grant recipient, and prize-winner in the UAC Original Writing Competition. Her two anthologies, on keeping things small and Cheat Grass, have received critical praise, as did Her Side of It, a finalist in the Jesse Bryce Niles Chapbook Competition at the Comstock Review. She has published in Earth’s Daughters, Ellipsis, Exponent II, Iris, Sunstone, Utah English Journal, the Wasatch Review, and elsewhere. She also participated in City Art Poetry on the Bus and contributed to Discoveries: Two Centuries of Poems by Mormon Women and To Rejoice as Women: Talks from the 1994 Women’s Conference.