What to Make of It is Pamela Harrison's fourth collection of poetry. It takes the reader on a tour through personal and external history, tracing the development of a relationship against the backdrop of the later 20th century. These powerful poems give narrative and lyric voice to larger forces, tracing how they intertwine through individual lives.
“In What to Make of It, Pamela Harrison travels with her doctor husband from Canada’s arctic to Central America, and to points far east and west between, as they do what she is too modest to name good works. (How refreshing in our time!) The collection—whose extraordinary formal suppleness matches its spiritual—shows this affecting author’s genuine maturity: like us all, she’s tempted on one hand by ‘A Dream of Eden’ and on the other occasionally discouraged by the world’s rawness. Harrison’s poems see life steadily and whole, including the moving and evolving relationship between this admirable wife and her admirable spouse. The title of the final, wonderful poem might perfectly fit the book’s themes at large: ‘Love’s inventory.’”—Sydney Lea
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