“If books of poetry were considered fitting contributions, Helen Losse’s Every Tender Reed, would be among the most heartfelt gifts in a church offering plate. With a keen eye for craft, Losse takes readers on a personal pilgrimage—pondering everything from the beauty of God’s creations to what it might feel like to “be consumed” in pursuit of spiritual purity. Written with fierce tenderness and the courage it takes to write poems both honest and true, this fine collection is a must read. “

              —Terri Kirby Erickson, author of A Lake of Light and Clouds

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“Helen Losse’s Every Tender Reed resonates with a tone of loving memory and forgiveness—a promise for the good life, the verses raising blinds on the dark to brighten songs born to all the world’s beauty. Grace becomes a natural outgrowth of Imagination’s repose. Red clover soft-lights the people; all of us are the ever-present tender reeds.”

—Shelby Stephenson, North Carolina Poet Laureate

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“Losse’s Every Tender Reed is penance in poetry—honoring the reader as much as the Creator.  This volume, for the most part, is a serene journey with the author as she walks the Path toward the enlightenment of self-knowledge.”

—Patricia Gomes, Poet Laureate, City of New Bedford, MA

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