This book of poems each of which begins with the word "sometimes " celebrates our world and those who dwell upon it. Every poem is a love song to the things we too often forget to praise from books to stars from our earliest ancestors to a colorful garden at a seniors co-op. Eschewing sweeping statements and dark confessions Sometimes ... reminds us that poetry can be a vehicle of fun.
Among the themes Breckenridge explores are warring hummingbirds garden shade the odd and fascinating words you come upon in the OED the challenges of winter in Minnesota wearing CuddleDuds to a party (nobody noticed) getting the flu brushing your teeth home videos chicken noodle soup the friendship of women the survival of bees memory loss and the pleasures of classical music.
In one poem Jill praises her own "heroic" back shaped like a question mark though "not strong enough to carry a handful of cotton balls " it carries her through "this adventure we call life." In another poem she describes how a great sadness sweeps over her: "The moon rises red as / darkness slowly blankets / the field ripe with corn." She counsels us not to concern ourselves over much with possessions which will likely end up in a garage sale: "&hellip don't waste your/ time dusting what you own or/ cradling cotton around jewels / in a drawer because one day...."
There is wisdom and also a lot of fun in these crisp expressions of appreciation for the things that make life worth living.
Jill Breckenridge grew up in the West but now lives and writes in Minneapolis Minnesota. A former Director of the Loft Literary Center she originated The Mentor Series a program connecting national and local writers. Jill won The Bluestem Award judged by William Stafford for her book of poems How To Be Lucky. Her sequence of poetry and prose about the Civil War Civil Blood was nominated for the American Library Association's Notable Books of 1986. Jill's honors include a Bush Foundation Fellowship two Minnesota State Arts Board grants and Loft-McKnight Awards in both poetry and prose. Her poems have appeared in many publications and have been widely anthologized.