Talking Diamonds

New Issues Press
Kalamazoo, MI
2009

The typical poem in this beautiful collection by Linda Nemec Foster, her eighth book, is quiet, elegant, and wise. These poems do not shout; they whisper – about aging and dying, a mother’s frightful dementia (the mother no longer recognizes her daughter and calls her “Mom”), deformed children who are nevertheless a gift, and dead stars whose light still travels to us. They are filled with small, uncanny observations, for instance, the demented mother saying “What a glorious burden” to the living room wall. It is the poet’s gift of compassion that makes such poems not only bearable, but a pleasure to read.

“…where the sun braids the hair of comets
where the moon learns to write its name
where everything begins and nothing ends”

from the poem, “Trinity”

Notable Review

“In ‘Vision,’ one of many arresting poems in Talking Diamonds, Linda Nemec Foster’s protagonist sees Our Lady of Guadalupe in an unlikely Hawaiian setting. Half-waking from reverie, she recognizes that the Virgin is in fact tattooed, front and back, on a native man: ‘And you tell yourself this isn’t a miracle,’ she writes, ‘only a tattoo; this isn’t anything/extraordinary, only your life…’ But that is precisely what makes her new collection so compelling: from what Wordsworth called the simple produce of the common day—a child’s piano recital, a family photograph, a wretched piece of motel art—Foster exacts an energy that is, precisely, visionary, even miraculous. This is an effort so widespread in contemporary poetry as itself to seem a commonplace, and one that generally fails. Not so in Talking Diamonds, which challenges, intrigues, awes, and ultimately gratifies, poem after excellent poem.”

Sydney Lea

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Accolades

YearHonorPrizeDescription
2010FinalistForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in Poetry Foster’s book, Talking Diamonds, honored as a finalist by ForeWord Magazine.
2009-2010 Nominee Ohio Book Award

Society of Midland Authors Book Award

American Book Award

Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in Poetry

W.C. Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America

Book award nominations for Talking Diamonds

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