About the book
INSIDE OUTSIDE is a composite of reflections and views of the natural word, inspired by the author’s spiritual practice. As an outdoor woman, some of her poems reflect this physical energy. As a medical practitioner, hospital experiences are reported via poetry. Childhood, which informs all of our lives, is also documented here in episodic poems.
“Sue Silver’s Inside Outside is a remarkable debut collection of poetry. Silver’s poems celebrate both the natural world and all the strengths and weaknesses of human nature. Poems of storms, birds, trees, and even fireflies coexist with poems of childhood, her mother and father, and patients she has encountered in her work as a nurse anesthetist. Silver’s world is one where “the mystery of night song born” informs a “heart alive with little bird hearts.”
—Sonja James, author of The White Spider in My Hand
“It has been gratifying to watch Sue Silver growing into her voice as a poet over the years. In the newer poems about her work as a medical practitioner, Sue has hit her stride. Those poems also make clear her personal commitment to social justice as well as her presence as a spiritual seeker in her helping vocation.”
—Ed Zahniser, author of At the End of the Self-help Rope and Mall-hopping with the Great I AM
“Sue Silver’s poems are filled with urgency, keen observation, and honesty. In her poems, we encounter the sadness of the human condition― beginning during childhood, and lasting well beyond.”
Hope Maxwell Snyder, PhD, Poet Laureate of Shepherdstown, WV Author of The Houdini Chronicles, Orange Wine, and The Backroom.