NOW MIGHT AS WELL BE THEN, poetry by Glenda Council Beall,
Review by Joan L. Cannon
These poems are sensuous and rhythmic and graced by lovely diction. Word choices are evocative. The poems are in no way difficult or obscure, and in no way are they simple. Loss, sorrow, humor, regret, joy and more reveal themselves in every one. We recognize and share emotion instantly and understand how the author was feeling about her subject while it was new, and while she was writing about it later.
- Joan L. Cannon http://hilltopnotes.blogspot.com/2009/11/accessible-poetry.html
Scott Owens, poetry editor for the online Wild Goose Poetry Review .
There are no surprises in Glenda Beall's new book of poems Now Might As Well Be Then. The title gives it all away. These are poems about timelessness, specifically about the timelessness of human experience. There are no surprises, but there is great joy. Not that every poem tells a joyful story. Quite the contrary, some of the best poems here are the most tragic. But even in these poems, there is great poignancy, and in that poignancy the joy of recollecting, of being reminded of how it feels to be human, of having, in fact, those feelings cathartically intensified through the poems.
Beall begins the collection with a love poem that celebrates the timelessness of a relationship. The speaker in the title poems says, "You brought me spring in winter // youth when I was old, / you found my childhood self." If not for the dedication of the poem which announces who is intended by the indefinite second person pronoun, one could easily read this as a celebration of many things--god, nature, the mountains of North Carolina—and interestingly, any of these meanings would fit for the poems that follow as these poems celebrate the presence and influence of all of these elements.
-- Scott Owens - The Wild Goose Poetry Review - Volume 4, Issue 4, Winter 2009. http://wildgoosepoetryreview.com/files/winter09reviews.pdf
Kathryn Stripling Byer wrote on her site: http://kathrynstriplingbyer.blogspot.com/2010/04/poet-of-day-glenda-council-beall.html
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Glenda Beall’s poem, “No Safe Place,” should be anthologized in a book of poems about grief, too. It has the sound of a sonnet, with its iambic pentameter and resounding last line; and it tells a moving story. - Rob Neufeld