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Motherland Poems by Sally Thomas: A Beautiful Ode to Home

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There is something magical about poems that encapsulate the love and nostalgia one feels for their homeland. Sally Thomas, an exceptional poet, has beautifully captured this sentiment in her compelling collection of Motherland Poems.

What are Motherland Poems?

Motherland Poems refer to a genre of poetry that celebrates the essence and beauty of one's native land. They evoke a deep sense of longing, pride, and connection to the place where one belongs. Sally Thomas, a renowned poet and wordsmith, has crafted a collection of these mesmerizing verses that touch the hearts of readers and transport them to the embrace of their motherland.

Sally Thomas: A Remarkable Poet

Sally Thomas is an accomplished poet known for her evocative and lyrical writing style. Her works delve into various themes related to nature, love, and home with profound insights and delicate imagery. With Motherland Poems, she showcases her exceptional talent for capturing the emotions linked with one's homeland.

Motherland: Poems Sally Thomas
Motherland: Poems
by Sally Thomas(Kindle Edition)

4.8 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 3968 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Print length : 115 pages
Lending : Enabled

Born and raised in a small coastal town, Sally Thomas has always felt a deep connection with her roots. Her childhood experiences, memories, and the landscapes that surrounded her have influenced her poetic expressions. In her Motherland Poems, she combines her profound love for her homeland with her poetic prowess, resulting in a collection that resonates with readers from all walks of life.

A Melodic Journey Through the Homeland

With her enchanting words, Sally Thomas takes readers on a melodic journey through different aspects of the homeland. Each poem is a unique composition that paints vivid pictures of the landscapes, traditions, and people that fill the tapestry of one's native land.

In "Coastal Dreams," Thomas captures the allure of the sea, with its crashing waves and salty breeze, echoing the nostalgia many harbor for their coastal homes. She writes:

"The tides call to me from afar, whispering secrets in the wind. My heart yearns for the salty embrace of my coastal dreams."

The heartfelt verses in Motherland Poems not only evoke a longing for the landscapes but also celebrate the diverse cultures that thrive within each country. Thomas explores the vibrant festivals, traditional dances, and local cuisines that make a homeland a mosaic of colors and flavors.

Motherland Poems: A Universal Appeal

What makes Sally Thomas' Motherland Poems truly remarkable is their universal appeal. Regardless of one's geographic origin, these poems evoke a sense of nostalgia for the familiar corners of one's soul.

The collection speaks to the universal human longing for home, regardless of wherever that may be. The poems remind us of the sights, sounds, and scents that are deeply ingrained in our memories and that we carry with us, no matter the physical distance.

Sally Thomas has undoubtedly crafted an awe-inspiring compilation of Motherland Poems that tug at the heartstrings of readers. Her powerful imagery, heartfelt emotions, and undeniable talent as a poet beautifully blend to create a captivating collection that celebrates the spirit of one's homeland.

Through her words, Thomas captures the essence of what it means to long for a place that has shaped and molded our identity. Motherland Poems is a testament to the irreplaceable bond between humans and the lands they call home.

Motherland: Poems Sally Thomas
Motherland: Poems
by Sally Thomas(Kindle Edition)

4.8 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 3968 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Print length : 115 pages
Lending : Enabled

In Sally Thomas’s Motherland, the poet keenly observes the ephemeral and the everlasting in the lens of time—the daily into seasonal transformations, the gifts and wonders of nature and people. Motherland by turns hails and interrogates in matters of flesh, of faith and spirituality—especially so in the “Richeldis of Walsingham” poem sequence. This finalist in the Able Muse Book Award is a collection abounding in insight, hope, grace, surprises, and yes, love.


A core of spiritual knowledge resides in the poems of Sally Thomas’s Motherland— knowledge that might seem strange to the poet herself, in fact, though it definitely resides in her, and radiates throughout this collection. Motherland is the perfect title, since the poet, herself a mother, regards all her human occupations as native and yet mysterious, occurring in a place which is both foreign and familiar. The final sequence, on Richeldis of Walsingham, includes lines that describe the expression of that knowledge, as “the eloquence/ Of the small river moving always forward to the unseen/ Sea.” Motherland is a book of the presence—radiant, benevolent, challenging—for which there is often no word, except as we find in poetry, like the poetry of Sally Thomas.”
—Mark Jarman, author of
The Heronry

The poems of Sally Thomas are poems in which the act of looking at the world in all its depth and complexity is just about as close as possible to being fully realized in the corresponding “world” of poetic language and form. And the verses are compelling because in every line something is at stake: our very understanding of creation, the human condition, and the mystery of thought and its language that link us, however imperfectly, to what may be called the given world. As Thomas says in “Frost,” “Tricky winter light and my own eye/ Bend the world, if not to beauty, then/ To strangeness.”
—David Middleton (from the foreword),author of
The Fiddler of Driskill Hill

In her most recent collection of poems, Motherland, Sally Thomas gives us a world we live in but, alas, too often don’t seem to see. So much is lost, these poems tell us, even as they manage to reinstate and re-imagine these losses for us. All poetry is elegiac, even as it can, in the hands of a serious poet, celebrate the very world which for all of us keeps slipping away in the great wheel of time. Then too there is her mastery of poetic form—among these the sonnet, the villanelle, the couplet, and her unparalleled command of rhyme and slant rhyme. What a delight to discover a poet who has found a way to allow the sacred and the sacramental inform her poems in a surprising range of contemporary idioms.
—Paul Mariani, author of
Epitaphs for the Journey


Sally Thomas was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1964, and was educated at Vanderbilt University, the University of Memphis, and the University of Utah. She spent some years living in the American West and in Great Britain before settling in North Carolina, her current home. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Fallen Water (2015) and Richeldis of Walsingham (2016),both from Finishing Line Press. Over the last two decades, her poetry and fiction have appeared in Dappled Things, First Things, Relief: A Journal of Art and Faith, Southern Poetry Review, the New Yorker, the Rialto, and other journals in the United States and Great Britain.

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