This is the remarkable debut work of an insightful and skilled poet. Nine images painted by the author complement the poems.
Elizabeth Oxley's poetry chapbook After April Rain is the debut work of a poet with an extraordinary vision and voice. Among the poems appear nine fine art images that have been crafted by the poet herself. Those images complement more than illustrate the poetry, and each image stands by itself in strong style. But it is the poetry, dedicated to Oxley's daughter and other women, that burnishes the pain and growth and triumph of a woman, perhaps a kind of Everywoman. Alicia Ostriker says, "I don't know how Elizabeth Oxley manages to write poems that are fresh and dewy, and cruel and edgy, at the same time." This is a book of poetry to be read and re-read.