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With grace and humor, Carol Townsend delves into the nuanced space between the internal and physical world. While the poems of The Color of Shadows display wit and insight, it is Townsend's attention--her deft listening--that most distinguishes the collection. Whether set at the Acropolis or a Home Improvement Store, the poems attend to the interstices between word and world. "Sitting at the feet of the universe," Townsend channels a familiar, yet haunting song.
--Philip Brady, author of To Banquet With the Ethiopians: A Memoir of Life Before the Alphabet
By the time, late in this touching book, Carol Townsend tells you directly that she desires to wrap her poems around you so that "our sweat releases / ink from the page" ... that "sinks into your pores / indelibly staining you / with me" ("Passion"), she has decidedly done this. The Color of Shadows is a revelatory envelopment by someone she knows herself to be "an artistic, eccentric woman" ("To the Highest Bidder") who feels deeply, by way of the personal that becomes our shared universal, the contraries of memory and Time.
--William Heyen, National Book Award Finalist, author of The Candle: Poems of Our Twentieth Century Holocausts
Carol Townsend's splendid book, The Color of Shadows, offers a wide range of reference, from the natural world to art to the news to poetry itself in a language at once musical and rich in detail and story, narrated in voice that modulates from the serious to the sardonic, from the witty to the wise. I admire Townsend's narrative and observational skills, her powers of description, no matter what the subject, her ability to interweave story and song. Here is clearly a poet that pays attention--tenderly, wittily, empathically. And more: the poems often display a technique that is rare because difficult to craft--a sense of humor...
--Philip Terman, Author of Our Portion: New and Selected Poems