Review: Sarah Connor, The Crow Gods

The Crow Gods by Sarah Connor (Sidhe Press 2023)

Sarah Connor’s long-anticipated chapbook (long-anticipated by many, including me), The Crow Gods is everything I hoped for–and more. It is carefully crafted and self-assured, the work of a poet who knows what she wants to say. Connor’s work is sensory, both melodious and stark—a balancing act on a tightrope crossing joyful meadows to stormy seas and back.

“My hair grew back. I gave them that
again. A thumbnail.”
-Sarah Connor, “The Crow Gods”

The title poem, “The Crow Gods,” hits like a crow flying right into your gut. It is a recitation that is all the more powerful for its calm recitation.

But there are poems of children, love, and love of place.

we’ll meet a deer, tip-toeing . . .
a lane forgetting
it was ever paved.
–from Sarah Connor, “Here”

There are ghosts and spring sunlight that

“drizzled across the garden / dripped from the plum tree.”
–Sarah Connor, “Drizzle”

Throughout, there are rooks, hares, goldfinches, and the sea. There is wisdom in this book. There is courage. There is love—so much love. The poems here fly, swim, gallop, and drive through the English countryside, traveling through the seasons of the year.

“and this road divides us
and connects us
so that I love it
and I hate it.”
–Sarah Connor, “Driving Home”

This is a wonderful book. Highly and enthusiastically recommended. You can and should buy The Crow Gods. Information here.

*Full disclaimer: I have never met Sarah in person, but I’ve known her for several years through various online poetry venues and events. I also know that she write beautiful prose. I’m older that her, but she’s always seemed like someone full of ancient wisdom. I thank her for sharing some of it in this beautiful chapbook.

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