Wife of the House

  • Title: Wife of the House
  • Author: Gudrun Mouw
  • ISBN: 9781941203002
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wife of the House From early disenchantment through the kaleidoscopic spectrum of motherhood to eventual separation and spiritual resolution this poetry collection leads the reader on a turbulent and timeless journe
    From early disenchantment, through the kaleidoscopic spectrum of motherhood, to eventual separation and spiritual resolution, this poetry collection leads the reader on a turbulent and timeless journey toward self truth and lasting fulfillment within the constraints of addiction and longing Sometimes heartrending, often deeply provoking, each poem unerringly reveals anothFrom early disenchantment, through the kaleidoscopic spectrum of motherhood, to eventual separation and spiritual resolution, this poetry collection leads the reader on a turbulent and timeless journey toward self truth and lasting fulfillment within the constraints of addiction and longing Sometimes heartrending, often deeply provoking, each poem unerringly reveals another facet of the intricate and echoing spiral that is any tumultuous intimate relationship Whether exploring the frailty of a family s ability to acknowledge each other, the violation of trust, or the resounding richness of a moment in nature s embrace, the author brings insight and exquisite grace to the layered complexities of everyday life.

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    About Gudrun Mouw


    1. Gudrun Mouw was born Gudrun Dorothea Wacker in East Prussia in 1944 After her maternal grandfather received deportation papers to Auschwitz, she became a refugee At the age of 7, she arrived in the United States with her parents as a displaced person.Gudrun Mouw received her Master s Degree in English Literature in 1969 In 1978, she received her yoga instructor certificate from the Integral Yoga Institute founded by the late guru Swami Satchidananda.She has worked as a community college English teacher, a university librarian, a columnist and a California poet in the schools Ms Mouw has lived in the Santa Barbara area for 38 years, writing, as well as teaching yoga and meditation.Her poems have appeared in literary journals such as PRAIRIE SCHOONER, PRACTICAL MYSTIC, THE CHARITON REVIEW, CALYX and others Ms Mouw is the recipient of a Sri Chinmoy Poetry Award, a Joycean Arts Guild Award and a Gladys Brown Award for poetry.


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    1. WIFE OF THE HOUSE by Gudrun Mouw is about the writer's journey into, through, and out of a troubled marriage. While Mouw creates many beautiful, bittersweet images, some of the poems were too abstract for my taste. I think, too, that she restricts herself by sticking to certain formulas that work in some poems, but not in others. For instance, with few exceptions, each stanza begins with a capital letter and all the lines that follow begin with lowercase, which can lead to confusion in the readi [...]

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    2. Originally posted at:A Girl that Likes BooksI asked and received this book through the LybraryThing Early Reviewers program for free. This review is not sponsored nor influenced in anyway. Thanks to Chronicles Books for the book.First impressionIt's been a long time since I read poetry. To be honest with you, both poetry and theater are genres that are hard for me to read; I just don't get immersed enough and most of the time I feel like I am forcing myself to continue reading. Unfortunately for [...]

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    3. Wife Of the House by Gudrun Mouw is a poetry collection that "depicts the raw and breathtaking journey of one woman's transformation through 21 turbulent years of marriage and motherhood" (novel summary). I think that this poetry collection is very interesting and telling. The poetry is written beautifully. The diction is amazing and so well chosen. I love the way the poetry is written. There is a lot of subtle nuances that her poetry brings and I love that about the poetry collection. I think t [...]

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    4. It took me a bit, but I really liked this book of poems. You have to be in a reflective, contemplative, really paying attention state to delve into what the author intended to convey. Anyone who has been married, with children, or simply wondering if their life is taking them where they really need to be will see that come to life in these poems. Coming from a failed marriage many years ago, I can feel the pain of the author, the loneliness, the wondering of just how solid your marriage is or is [...]

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    5. This book was made available to me through a giveaway. This housewife relished the opportunity to read a book of poetry on a cold, rainy afternoon! It has reminded me of a part of myself that is often forgotten. I liked the author's style and use of imagery. My favorite poems are "A Young Girl's Dream" and "Song to End Estrangement".

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    6. For a first collection of poetry, this is a decent work. Mouw accurately captures the inner reflections of married women, who may be unhappy, disappointed, or yearning for something better. This is not a happily ever after poetry about marriage, instead it is an honest one. Mouw expresses what many married women believe they are not allowed to say about marriage.

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    7. Mouw has written a very personal poetry collection and I feel very welcomed in reading it. The poems were not the best in technical skill, but the emotional level more than made up for it.I received my copy through a First Reads Giveaway.

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    8. Lovely poems, but best enjoyed one or two at a time. Any more than that and they feel cloying and ridiculous.

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