About the author
Born in 1903 in Minnesota, Sylvia Storla Clarke is one of that endangered group of poets who still write in metre and rhyme. Geese in the Fog, her new volume of selected poems, encompasses the pathos and humor of life with subtle music and an enduring sense of oneness with nature. The poems of seven decades, brought together in this collection, include several of Clarke's witty, dexterous light poems to balance her deeply contemplative poems. The work reveals her command of traditional form, her clear-eyed rejection of pretension, and her ability to engage readers as witnesses to life. Clarke lives in Chico, California. Her career as a registered nurse in varied aspects began in 1925 and spanned 50 years. She has been active in her church community, is a 50-year member of the Poetry Society of America and a member of the Butte County Branch of the National League of American Pen Women for 52 years, serving eight years as Branch president.
Note: While in the hospital recovering from major surgery at the age of 97, the author saw the prepress blueline proof of her long-awaited book of poetry. Sybil Gage Mathys went over each poem with Sylvia Clarke at her bedside. Even with her sight impaired, Sylvia caught two typos. She died a few days after holding the proofs, happily knowing they were about to be published. Before the poet entered the hospital, the Pen Women had her sign her name. The signature was made into a rubber stamp and each book bears the stamped autograph of Sylvia Storla Clarke.
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