Pat Garber's latest book,
The View from the Back of a Whale, is a collection of poetry and prose that span much of her life, from her childhood home in Short Pump, Virginia to the Pacific coast of Washington; from the Grand Canyon of Arizona to the inner city of Buffalo New York; from the island of Ocracoke, North Carolina to the Adirondack Mountains of New York, encapsulating the joys and sorrows she has found in all of these places.
"The poetry and prose selections in this book serve as a kind of memoir of the poet's life and as a testament to the things she most loves and believes in. They record her spiritual journey across America, from a farm in Virginia to the Pacific coast of Washington; from the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the Outer Banks of North Carolina; from the inner city of Buffalo to the wilds of the Adirondack Mountains of New York.
Joy, sorrow, humor, despair and hope are encapsulated in these pages. Pat's passion for the natural world and for her loved ones, her struggles to find meaning in the world around her and in her own life form the fabric of this collection. She hopes to leave the reader with a sense that one can find joy in the simplicity of a dragonfly wing, beauty in the desolation of an inner city side street, and hope where there seems to be none.
Pat Garber is an award-winning journalist and author. Born and raised in Short Pump, Virginia, she also calls home the island of Ocracoke, North Carolina, the Adirondack Mountains of New York, and often-times, the Open Road. This is her first book of poetry."