Dana Larkin Sauers takes life's sweetest moments and shares them as if on every page. She shows us that life is not all pretty dresses and daffodils in spring, but that life is about experience, pain, joy, suffering, and making our way through, not always unscathed, but always in tact and improved upon. She is genuine and passionate, intelligent, witty, and emotional. Lost innocence is a gem in her hands. Wisdom is more precious than a pearl and she has it all.
Between the Space of Grace and Gray is a self-publishing icon that one reads and re-reads and wonders why it wasn't published by university press or a small press with greater clout. That it was published by Xlibris may be seen as a fault, but in this age of overabundance in verse, good poets sometimes must take matter into their own hands. That's what Dana Larkin Sauers has done. She has taken her poetry into her own hands and produced a book of poems that is worth devouring over and over again.
Younger readers may not always relate to her images and metaphors, but older readers will love her. This collection of 39 poems makes us nostalgic for a time when faith was admired completely, but allows us to bask in the reality of today's postmodern realities with the knowledge that not all is black and white. Between the Space of Grace and Gray is modest, imaginative, and moral. As Michael Hoover says in the Foreword, "By paring her own life down to its smallest part, this poet invites us to peel away our own layers of gray to better see the grace within bursting to escape in perpetual song." Amen, and Amen!
Between the Space of Grace and Gray