Ferrara, Judith M. Books

About the poet: Judith M. Ferrara currently writes and paints in Worcester, Massachusetts. She began teaching in 1964 and received her PhD from the University of New Hampshire in 1994. She has published books and articles in the field of language arts/English education and peer mediation, as well as poetry.

Gestures of Trees
2000 0-7734-1242-5
This collection of poems presents themes of death, friendship, longing, responsibility, fear, anticipation and reconciliation, frequently looking through the lens of visual and performing arts. Organized in three sections, Mulling, Impasto, and Movement and Sinking, the subjects of her poems are found in the home and neighborhood, in the past and present, in nature, in events experienced vicariously through newspapers and books, or directly by wandering through museums and attending performances. Moods range widely from meditative t turbulent, from connected to detached, from sorrowful to joyful; the poems move from celebrations and observations of the commonplace and the extraordinary to illuminations of the dark and violent.