Love Like Weeds by Julie Ann Cook

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Love Like Weeds
Author: Julie Ann Cook

Publisher: Main Street Rag Publishing Company
ISBN: 978-1-59948-437-2, 92 pages

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In this new collection, Julie Ann Cook traces the many stages of a woman’s life; and her passions, sense of humor, range of subject matter, and poetic approaches keep her voice fresh and variable. My favorite poem within, “Days,” is her elegy for Father David Valtierra. She maintains her faith through any number of trials, but the loss of this beloved priest is among the hardest to bear. This poem displays the poet’s altogether human difficulty in acceptance. Most readers, I believe, will identify with the intimacies and the honest portrayals of life seen through these poems. Love more than balances the weeds.     —Susan Ludvigson


Julie Ann Cook, of Rock Hill, SC, is a happily married, joyfully outnumbered mother of five boys, two who were stillborn. Between assisting in living room railroad construction and addressing concerns of who would win in a fight between Megatron and Iron Man, Julie is an author, artist, and webmaster. A graduate of Winthrop University, Julie has been published in various venues, including Kakalak Anthology of Carolina Poets, moonShine review,, and The Wolf. She published her first poetry chapbook, Lemonade & Rumors, in 2006, and Love Like Weeds is her inaugural book-length collection.


Like Weeds

May your love be always green: first
to break earth in spring, steadfastly
lush through dry seasons. Hearty

for each other, may it know
no bounds, take flight like thistledown
on the breath of your words and sighs,

seeds landing where they may, heedless
of paths or lawns, germinating
where they fall, never waiting

for trowel or invitation. May your love’s
radicle root anchor you, reach,
and spread, sending rhizomes,

runners, shoots, then sprouts and tendrils:
a ground cover budding and blooming wildly,
sunshine-hued blossoms and fragrant,

growing, in tight places, fruiting
strength in persistence, cracking stone, tearing
down walls. And may your love resist

pulling, revive and thrive despite.
May you love like weeds
with a love like weeds.

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