Reviews for The Unworn Necklace

The Deeper Quiet: this haiku collection is a composite of still-life images that substantiate the variegated motions and emotions in a life.

As our life events change, so, too, do we change and exchange one reality for another, one name for another:
the sound of the name
I used to have
soft falling snow

We are driven deeper into an awareness that may pain us as those transitional periods in life take over and define:
. . . summer’s end
unable to go
unable to stay

And sometimes it is something as insignificant as a necklace given to us by a loved one which signifies the weight of relentless regret:
all day long
I feel its weight
the unworn necklace

The “bittersweet poignancy” (as Rosenstock’s blurb says) of this collection is a telling awareness of what it means to be human.
empty room
a teacup holds
the light

This is a fine collection from an accomplished poet.
-Marjorie Buettner, USA
Moonset, Spring/Summer 2008


Beary’s manuscript for this book won First Prize in the Snapshot Press Haiku Collection Competition 2006 and the title was chosen as a Finalist for the 2008 Williams Carlos Williams Award by the Poetry Society of America.

Her masterful haiku veer from savage humor:
family picnic
the new wife’s rump
bigger than mine

to wistful poignancy:
all day long
i feel its weight
the unworn necklace

The book’s production values match the content.
-George Swede
Frogpond Volume 31, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2008