Nature Calls Outside My Window, A Collection of Poems and Stories consists of 67 poems and 12 personal narratives focused on encounters with nature's creatures, including some breathtaking moments, interesting information, and humor.
Suzanne Cottrell is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Gifts of the Seasons, Autumn and Winter; Gifts of the Seasons, Spring and Summer; and Scarred Resilience (Kelsay Books). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including the Avocet, Plum Tree Tavern, Poetry Quarterly, The Pangolin Review, Burningword Literary Journal, and Vita Press Anthologies while her prose has appeared in journals and anthologies, including The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Flash Fiction Magazine, Dragon Poet Review, Nailpolish Stories, Dual Coast Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Personal Story Publishing Project anthologies, Inwood Indiana Press anthologies, and Quillkeepers Press anthologies. Suzanne is an outdoor enthusiast and retired teacher, who enjoys reading, writing, knitting, hiking, Pilates and yoga. Read more about her writing journey at www.suzanneswords.com
A keen eye for the sights and sounds of the natural world characterizes Suzanne Cottrell’s Nature Calls Outside My Window. This richly visual collection of poems and stories captures the uncompromising beauty and energy of creatures of all size and genus in, as one story names it, “Breathless Moments,” vibrant slices of nature alive to all the senses. Throughout the collection, we hear the literal calls of nature from birds to bison, but we also feel the invitation to step into the natural environment and find our place within it. Cottrell’s immersion in nature for “renewal like the / revival of resurrection fern fronds” (“Solitary Walk”), promises in the closing poem, “Outside My Window,” that there are pleasant views there to enliven the contemplative spirit.Susan K. Hagen, author of Shall We Dance? Poems of Desire and Meditation and Allegorical Remembrance
Suzanne Cottrell celebrates the natural world, from the ordinary to the rare and breathtaking. Her book is populated by lizards, groundhogs, buffalo, bald eagles, cats, dogs, and all other members of nature’s kingdom. Nature Calls Outside My Window is a delightful read.Ray Zimmerman, author of Healing and Conflict