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Tuning by Kathryn Beam Troxler
"More than a poetry collection, Kathryn Beam Troxler’s Tuning offers us a book-length meditation on what it means to be human in poems that are sensitive, nuanced, and unpretentious in their learning. Ranging easily from consideration of ancient Chinese sages, Renaissance masters, or distant foreign lands to the humblest and nearest-home of everyday activities—tending the garden, visiting a friend in a nursing home, pinching clay into shape—Troxler’s poetry ably engages intellect and sensibility in affecting language that will resonate with all her readers."
—Mark Smith-Soto, Associate Editor, International Poetry Review and Professor Emeritus, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
"Tuning is a title most apt for Kathryn Beam Troxler's collection of contemplative poems. As we readers tune in to the lines, we tune out the distractions that assault us. . .Sometimes in these stanzas there is 'perfect attunement' that allows harmonic tones to be heard, even as, like the sounds of Tibetan bells, they shimmer into silence. 'Be still/focus/wait/Be,' the poet advises. It is as if her poems listened and took her advice. . .The last lines of the volume may be the best last lines of any poetry book I can recall."
—Fred Chappell, NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and former NC poet laureate
"Kathryn Troxler's poems move easily through a wide variety of scenes and situations. Her gentle wit often brings amusement to serious subjects and can give a metaphysical twist to situations that would have gone unnoticed by less penetrating eyes. . . I've been reading her poetry for several years and always find her lyric voice distinctive."
—James B. Gutsell, Professor Emeritus of English Literature, Guilford College
Tuning is a contemplative collection of poetry which reflects the author's love of Nature, the beauty and music of language, the resonance of one art form with another, the leit motifs within her own life and community. Her wide-ranging themes deal with what sustains and restores us as we live and age today. She explores relationships, community, spirituality, sickness and health, the interface between art and experience, the factors that challenge and illumine our lives as manifested in her own life.
Kathryn Beam Troxler is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical hypnotherapist residing in Greensboro. A poet, singer, and painter, she has shown and performed in those three genres in Greensboro and in the San Francisco Bay Area where she grew up. Her poetry has been published in several books and magazines, including A Turn in Time, Piedmont Writers at the Millenium, and Lines from a Near Country, a collection of poems by the New Garden Poetry Group, which she co-edited.