An elegant pink water lily floats on the cover of The Water Poems by Toni Ortner. This beautifully printed book contains 24 clear poems that have appeared in fine literary magazines. Toni’s work alters to record and encompass what is, so this book among l6 others is unique. Like thoughts, water is never still but breathes deeply altered by wind and air. The surface of water reflects what is ….as does the mind of the poet. Objects sink like fading history. Translucent feathers whirl. A leaf floats momentarily. Since everything changes, islands we dreamed of are never reached. Water flows without thought carrying whatever it will. Tides rise and fall pulled by the moon. Dreams and reality merge in a shimmering light.

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