New Poetry Collection Finds God in the Mundane

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‘Apprentice Angels’ offers ‘stealth wisdom’ for seekers in short, accessible verse.

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Each tree and star and beast that’s furred
Follows God without a word.
Too bad that I, with much to give,
Am slow to grasp this way to live,
That’s elemental to a bird

Louise Fraser Holder’s new collection of verseApprentice Angels: Spiritual Verse” (published by Balboa Press) is described by her children as “… Spirit 101: lighthearted verse that is always perceptive, sometimes profound.” They call it stealth wisdom disguised in wit and playful cadence, revealing truth that makes one smile and grow.

The short verses of “Apprentice Angels” employ a unique counterpoint of wit and depth to point readers toward the sacred in everyday life. The bite-sized wisdom in Holder’s seemingly-simple verse invites readers to see themselves, and all earthly experience, in a new way.

An excerpt from “Apprentice Angels”, the poem “Obtuse Goose”:

“Each tree and star and beast that’s furred
Follows God without a word.
Too bad that I, with much to give,
Am slow to grasp this way to live,
That’s elemental to a bird.”

Holder’s children, who published the collection after their mother’s death, know its value. “We have not seen any other author capture God-essence in verse with such interwoven playfulness and truth,” they note. “Think the Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky – of spirituality! In ‘Apprentice Angels,’ our dance of humanity and spirit shines.”

About the Author
Louise Fraser Holder’s 90 years were full. The daughter of a career Army chaplain, her first 18 years were spent traveling. She lived in China, the Philippines, Hawaii, and on numerous Army posts around the U.S. In 1939, Holder graduated from Duke University. The following year, she married Richard Holder. Most of their 40-year marriage was spent in Memphis, Tenn.

Both before and after Richard’s passing in 1980, Holder sought opportunities to serve in her church, her four children’s public schools, Each One Teach One, reading for the blind, and other “giving” pursuits. Throughout the last 30 years of her life, she combined her growing spiritual awareness with her love of wordplay, producing more 700 short poems, as well as prose in the form of letters to her children. “Apprentice Angels” is the first installment of these writings to be published.

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