The Woman Who Lives Without Money

The Woman Who Lives Without Money

Rebecca Baggett


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The poems in this first collection move through the arc of a life, with a tender focus on the landscape of childhood and the natural world. A young child's delight in language—'derelict and delectation...onyx and obsidian'— matures to contemplate what language, myth, and art can teach us about inevitable loss: of a home the child, her mother, and sisters were forced by a troubled father to flee; of aunts, uncles, and that mother who had once seemed eternal. Woven into this narrative, the title character—a nomadic woman who lives without money—appears with her porcelain begging bowl, a figure from myth, a touchstone for what is everlasting, a moment of transcendence into a more benevolent world, the one glimpsed again and again in these poems.


Rebecca Baggett:
Rebecca Baggett is the author of four chapbooks, including God Puts on the Body of a Deer and Thalassa. Her first chapbook, Still Life with Children, won Pudding House Publication's first chapbook competition, and God Puts on the Body of a Deer was the winner of Main Street Rag's chapbook contest. Her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies. A native of North Carolina, she has lived most of her adult life in Athens, GA.