Linda Trott Dickman’s “Robes: The Art of Being Covered” is an impressive debut from a skilled poet on the rise. Exhibiting great scope and timbre, these poems allow us to confront what it is to be protected, to be “robed in deceit,” to be shadowed and, subsequently, emerge. These are precise, complex poems to be savored and revisited, over and over again.
Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Poet, MFA, recipient of the Quercus Review Press Poetry Book Series Book Award.
What a lovely brain of pain/injustice woven with hope and faith. The poems cross the ages, the cultures, and as you say, “can be entered by all” … progressing from ancient to contemporary storyscapes, from the world’s stories to your very personal ones.
Audrey Friedman, Poet, MFA, Creative Writing Teacher
Poet Linda Trott Dickman’s glorious poems are robed in light. Their insights unveil the gamut of contemporary life from “Words with Friends” and the “catacombs of customer service” to loss, grief and hope. Offering prayer, praise, lament, thanksgiving, humor, Robes is a wise and moving book that is at times deeply spiritual and at times deeply skeptical. It is always attentive to the music of our language and our longings.
Judith Baumel is a poet, critic and translator. Professor of English at Adelphi University.