Monday, March 27, 2017

Cherry Blossom Days by Sandy Benitez

Cherry Blossom Days, by Sandy Benitez, is a petite collection of ethereal love poems; a love story that unfolds within the season of Spring infused with memories of the Pacific Northwest and Asian imagery.


"Sandy Benitez’s slender new collection of love poems, Cherry Blossom Days is a tribute to longevity in love and to rebirth in spring. Through exquisite garden and floral metaphor, the poet tells the story of a couple that has written a long history together. The collection is an anniversary celebration of relationship and seasons. Each poem expresses gratitude for steadfast commitment and for the gift of loving and being loved. In gardens where”/ the burnt sepia / of the orange peel jessamine / and periwinkle blue petals / of a drought-resistant bush /…” in bedrooms where ”The sky is swollen with longing/silk against skin /…” the poet shows us how love is cultivated over time to ”Here, in this moment / is where I want to ghost with you; /a place all our own to haunt, / where love never changes seasons / and stands still.”  A lovely read for spring!

~ Catherine Arra, author of Loving from the Backbone

“I want to live in the world that Sandy’s poem’s inhabit, juicy, delicate and sensual. Each poem urges me onward to the next, finding what love gives when it endures the years. My favorite line? I have always been Haiku.”

~ Elaine Reardon, author of The Heart is a Nursery for Hope

“This is a beautiful book of love poems that anyone who's ever been in a relationship could identify with. Realistic slices of life, that combined with clarity of vision and the energy of the lines themselves brings to mind work of the ancient Chinese masters while remaining totally modern. A very good collection from a fine writer.”

~ David Gross, author of Little Egypt

Cherry Blossom Days is twenty-seven love poems which seem to be in chronological order. It takes risk to open up a relationship and hold the attention of a reader for a sustained collection, and Sandy Benitez does this through flowers, haikus, cherry blossoms and other Japanese references, frequent moves with packing and unpacking, and a woman still in love after 26 years, waiting for her husband to arrive home.”

~ Martin Willitts Jr, The Wire Fence Holding Back the World (Flowstone Press, 2016), winner of the Turtle Island Editor’s Choice Award.


Sandy Benitez writes poetry and fiction. She is the founding editor of Flutter Press, Black Poppy Review, and Poppy Road Review. Her latest poetry chapbook, The Lilac City, was published by Origami Poems Project.  She's been published in over 135 print and online literary journals since 2006.  Sandy's also authored five poetry chapbooks and has been published in four anthologies.  

Her first novel, a gothic fantasy, The Rosegiver, was published in February 2016.  Sandy's always been intrigued by haunted houses, ancient cemeteries, forests, gardens, and abandoned buildings. She currently resides in Southern California with her husband and two children.

42 pages, 27 poems

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