Rita Brady Kiefer celebrates the power of words to transform life while exploring the mysterious ways memory and language help to shape each other. Throughout the twenty poems she brilliantly explores the way in which women and religious subjects interrelate, handling a great many psychological subtleties with ease and in straightforward verse. The title poem, 'Nesting Doll', is emblematic of how we attempt to uncover layers of personality in order to discover what it means to inhabit a human body while at the same time existing in a community. Whether reflecting tentative constructed human relationships or connections with the natural world, this collection of poems embraces uncertainty as a way of being.
Rita Brady Kiefer