Eat My Words
Poetry & Recipes
5 in the Poetry for the New Millennium Series
Sandra de Helen
I Eat My Words is a groundbreaking
mashup of poetry and mouth-watering recipes for everything
from pie to pasta and beyond. If you appreciate poetry
and food, this book will feed your soul - and your stomach,
"Sandra de Helen's new poetry cookbook,
I Eat My Words, is a groundbreaking hybrid collection,
executed with creativity, skill, and humor. In this
romp through the worlds of poetry and mouth-watering
recipes, the author has created a book that is practical,
pleasing to the poetic sensibility, and downright fun
~Sandra Anfang, poet, visual artist, and author of poetry
collections Looking Glass Heart; Road Worrier: Poems
of the Inner and Outer Landscape; and Xylem Highway
"I Eat My Words is Sandra de Helen's
love letter to every reader who enjoys preparing and
eating good food and finds sustenance in well written
poetry. The concept of alternating recipes with poems
is delightfully satisfying as well as sensorially appealing."
~Renée Bess, author of five novels and Between
a Rock and a Soft Place, a collection of her poems,
short stories, and essays
World's a Stage
Life in Five Acts
4 in the Poetry for the New Millennium Series
Sandra de Helen
“[A] poetic tour-de-force. . . De
Helen’s poems refuse to obey the rules or use
their inside voices. By turns pointed, acerbic, poignant,
angry, and pensive, the author’s poetic voice
is always strong and palpable... Sandra de Helen and
her poetry are a force to be reckoned with.”
~Sandra Anfang, nationally acclaimed poet, teacher,
and visual artist
In this fourth collection in the Poetry
for the New Millennium Series, Sandra de Helen offers
engaging and hard-hitting poems spanning the length
of one's life. From babyhood to old age, the poems leave
an impact and will take readers on an unexpected rollercoaster
into the ups and downs in the many decades of life.
for the People!
Heavy Verse by Sandra de Helen
3 in the Poetry for the New Millennium Series
"Can I change hearts and minds?
From "Day 82: Can I Change?"
Sandra de Helen's newest poetry collection
is all about changing hearts and minds. This collection
of poems, gleaned from many decades of keen observation,
show the poet to be insightful and clear-headed yet
displaying a sly wit at times. Her musings on justice,
politics, women in society, war and peace, racism, the
2020 pandemic, and more will be enjoyed by anyone with
"This is the day I go for it. Full
stop, no holding back. Plan A all the
way. I'm straightening my shoulders,
pulling in my chin, leading with my
attitude . . ."
From "Today's The Day"
The poems here go all out with attitude
and with skillful creation by a poet at the top of her
game. As the Rainbow Awards judges said:
"The author wrote with lyrical, beautiful sentences
that painted pictures in my mind. Her choices in style
and presentation were fabulous."
Humor is Not
Light Verse by Sandra de Helen
2 in the Poetry for the New Millennium Series
As Sandra de Helen proved in her previous
collection, Desire Returns for a Visit: Intimate Poems
of Lesbian Love, she has a keen ear for language and
nuance. The poems in this new volume are accessible
and clever while also being insightful. This is the
kind of collection you can read over and over and
enjoy it fresh every time.
“Irreverent while still relevant.
Poignant, pungent, playfully pugnacious and peppered
with poultry. Sandra de Helen's light verse (which
includes letters to Santa and martians) illuminates
the silliest corners of her skylarking sapphist psyche.”
~G.L. Morrison, poet, lover
of words, and writer of short fiction
About Lesbian Love
1 in the Poetry for the New Millennium Series
"[Sandra de Helen's] book of
poems is a great way to read a truthful, witty, poignant
memoir about lesbian love."
~Judy Grahn, Ph.D., poet, writer, trailblazer
"I didn't need to read beyond the
first line of the first poem in Sandra de Helen's
collection Desire Returns to know I'd be loving this
book: "Wearing makeup is as unnecessary as /
painting crickets." What a fanciful imagination.
What a cohesive, splendidly ordered body of work.
It's not often I find poems that speak
so directly of and to my lesbian heart. Love poems
all, even when love kicks and confuses, this poet
portrays the lesbian core.
Nor does de Helen speak to lesbians
only. The universality of love, erotic desire, heartbreak,
romantic struggle, all are here. From the poem "Donations"
comes this lovely metaphor: "My pail of dreams
has been tipped out." She allows her gentle humor
free reign, as in a poem about falling for cast-off
Sandra de Helen is a fine poet, by turns
earthy, erotic, ethereal, funny, a lesbian herstorian,
a lover, a beloved. Her poems will be loved as well."
~Lee Lynch, novelist, essayist,
short story writer, trailblazer