Weaver’s Knot is about connections—among friends, family and generations, between people and places, to the world at large—as seen through the lens of the mill town, mixed-ancestry, working class weavers among whom the author grew up.
And it’s garnering a lot of early praise:
"'Everything’s a song, I say,' writes Glenda Bailey-Mershon, and this collection is indeed full of song—poems that skat and pulse and pluck and stir, poems that sing with the ancestors and cartwheel out to the stars. Bailey-Mershon dedicates Weaver’s Knot in part to 'the women in my family who tied knots so fine they’ve held for generations.' The knots she ties in this beautiful collection are equally fine, equally lasting—fibers of language wrapped in golden light."
~ Gayle Brandeis, Author of Many Restless Concerns: The Victims of Countess Bathory Speak in Chorus (A Testimony), The Selfless Bliss of the Body, and Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write
This collection approaches poetic perfection. Bailey-Mershon celebrates her rich and diverse ancestral history with poems that resonate with narrative, lyric, and imagistic brilliance. There is mourning, too, for all that has been lost: ancestors, a beloved son, language, tradition, a harsh but simpler time. Bailey-Mershon documents working class life with a focus on women's experiences: the joy, the drudgery, the complex relationships to kin and community. The ancestral poems connect to a fascinating, science-informed section that explores new, mind-bending theories of the universe. The string theory of physics is the perfect metaphor for the weavers' threads that tie this book together. This collection is one of this year's must-read books.
~ Ellen LaFleche, author of Walking Into Lightning, a collection of grief poems about her husband's death from ALS.
This journey of a mill town girl coming into herself may be just the book you need to read right now.
~ Camille T. Dungy, Author of Soil, Trophic Cascade and the finalist for the National Book Award, Guidebook to Relative Strangers
You’ll want to read this collection of poems twice—once for the stories, and again for the language, and perhaps even once again to let Bailey-Mershon’s imagery rain down on you like her beloved stars. With each turn of phrase, Bailey-Mershon channels her Roma and Native American ancestors as surely as she breathes - their fierce connection to nature, their devotion to family. Her ability to, within a single stanza, transcend time and connect the then to the now is magical and breathtaking. Bailey-Mershon writes with the passion of youth, the wisdom of maturity, and the confidence of a woman with something important to say. Let’s hope she has much more to tell us.
~ Tricia Booker, author of The Place of Peace and Crickets: how adoption, heartache and love built a family, University of North Florida writing faculty
“I have a hard time fathoming that this is Glenda Bailey-Mershon’s first full-length book of poetry, because she has influenced my writing so immensely during the last decade with her prolific prose. Poetry flows throughout her debut novel Eve’s Garden, and finally her clever word play is spotlighted in this captivating collection of verse.”
~ Chris Bodor, Editor-In-Chief of A.C. Papa Literary Journal, Florida Beat Poet Laureate
"Walk with this poet of amazing skill through lushly-described landscapes to visit generations of compelling Roma and Cherokee people you will not soon forget."
~ Darlyn Finch Kuhn, author of Red Wax Rose, Three Houses, and Sewing Holes.