The gift of these poems is in how Potos thoughtfully weighs what is given and what is taken, how life both fulfills and disappoints, and determines to let joy keep her. “Breathing deeply is simple, and hope is the natural choice.”
These poems are grounded in the long remembering of loss and shaped by the tender work of grief. They are brimming with epiphanies-in-the-ordinary, which after all, are the only ones that startle us into seeing our own lives anew.
—Mark S. Burrows, author of The Chance of Home
These vivid, beautifully observed pieces immerse us in a time when the thin air / between worlds was still / noticeable and ordinary. Don’t miss this collection.
—Laura Grace Weldon, 2019 Ohio Poet of the Year
Her Joy Becomes is a book for those of us who find our prayers in poems, who find greatest joy in daily life with loved ones, books, the natural world, observing miracles occurring before our eyes.
—Donna Hilbert, author of Threnody
These poems are openings to wonder, traversing the seasons of the year and of the heart. Andrea Potos invites us into the intimacy of the color and texture of life.
—Christine Valters Paintner, author of Dreaming of Stones
has received five Outstanding
Achievement Awards in poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association, the James Hearst Poetry Prize from the North American Review, and the William Stafford Prize in poetry. Her Joy Becomes is Andrea’s ninth published collection of poems. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.