Saiser's poetry is wise and
generous and altogether genuine. No poet in this country is better at
writing about love, and ... all her poems are in some way about love.
— Ted Kooser
I am deeply moved by these extraordinary poems about giving birth and
dying, about what it means to live life with dignity. They grow out of
the heart of America, out of the landscape of small town and prairie,
out of the hearts of people who look you straight in the eye.
You dare not turn away, for the lessons to learn here are compelling.
Marjorie Saiser is not only a wise and compassionate writer —
her poems shine with details of the things of
this earth, they pulse with the earth's very rhythms. —
Marge Saiser's brilliant poems are gifts of her vision. Packed with
sensory detail and the multiple perspectives of the accomplished
artist, Saiser's poems take as their subject all aspects of family
generations on the farm and in town, these poems everywhere meet and
the predations of despair, poverty, violence and indifference with the
assurance of love. Saiser counsels risk in the face of danger, faith in
natural world. She is the real thing, a poet working for us.
— Hilda Raz
In a voice both fresh and accessible these poems reflect an enduring
persistence; they make connections that, for better or worse, through
sickness and health, provide ties that keep right on binding.
— William Kloefkorn
Someone get a permanent marker and add Marjorie Saiser's name to the
list of Nebraska's literary treasures. The poems that comprise Bones
of a Very Fine Hand are steeped
in family, rich in texture,
both clear in their meaning and clouded with allusions.
They spring from the page, gripping the reader and holding them captive
until the end. — Bruce R Nelson, Nebraska
The poems within Bones of a
Very Fine Hand can be
envisioned as a stack of photographs from a treasured family album .
. . redolent with the warmth of love
and family radiating from Saiser's carefully chosen words. — NCB