Empty Mirror contributor Beth Spencer’s poetry collection, The Cloud Museum was recently published by Sixteen Rivers Press.
“This collection dives deep. In The Cloud Museum, Beth Spencer leads us on a physical and spiritual journey into two worlds. . . . These poems are conjuring spells. Rich in imagist language, Spencer’s poems transcend simple explanation as they transform us at many levels. Much as an oil painting accrues power and depth layer by subtle layer, this collection opens out and out, bursting into the essence and vortex of mystery itself.” —Pamela Uschuk
The Cloud Museum, Beth Spencer’s debut collection, comprises two distinct worlds. In “Practicing Nowhere,” we meet the shape-shifting, time-evading Alice. In “The Book of Jay,” the artist Jay DeFeo’s paintings are transformed into a vivid and musical language. Every line of Spencer’s dazzling, inventive poems makes us grateful for the time spent in these two sharply defined worlds. Their sheer beauty sharpens the mind again and again.
You can read six of the Jay DeFeo poems here.