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Naturalist Sanda Peasley Bush draws on her love and appreciation of nature for the collection of poems for “Seasons of Twigs and Feathers”. (Photo provided)

PARKERSBURG – A writer from Parkersburg has written a book of poetry inspired by her love of nature.

Sandra Peasley Bush wrote “Seasons of twigs and feathers” to celebrate the natural world and the lessons nature has to offer.

“I really consider myself a naturalist at heart” Bush said.

“Seasons of twigs and feathers” is divided into four seasons, starting with spring, with poems related to the time of year.

The poem that best describes her is “When” on page 47. “When” talks about the life of a leaf, from its beginning to its end.

“Seasons of Twigs and Feathers” is a collection of poems written by Sandra Peasley Bush of Parkersburg. She is from Erie, PA (Photo provided)

“There is something about this particular poem,” she said. “The idea that our lives are so much like a leaf.”

It’s a bit like a person going through life, from youth in spring to old age in winter, Bush said.

“When you are a leaf,

And you have known

These things of life,

You don’t resist when

It happens,

For a slow free fall

To the land waiting

Below.”

The poems are the result of many of his experiences walking the trails of McDonough Wildlife Sanctuary, observing wildlife along the Ohio River, and watching a garden bloom.

Bush has included poems in two previous collections, “Almost an island” on the seasons and ecology of Lake Erie at Presque State Park and “Sowing seasons” a nature chapbook in haiku.

She has received several West Virginia Writers’ Awards. Among these was the Pearl S. Buck Award for Writing for Social Change. “Sowing seasons” in 2019, ranked second in an international competition by the Tiny Seeds Literary Journal.

Bush teaches creative writing at Villa Maria College-Gannon University and the International Elderhostel Program. She is a member of the West Virginia Writers, Sacred Way Poets, Vintage Quill Writers and Third Saturday Writer.

She’s writing a fictional book, her first, “Nothing to fear,” on the early settlers of eastern Pennsylvania.

Bush’s poems were published in “The time of song poetry magazine”, “Haiku Journal”, the Erie Times News and the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania.

“Today, there are a lot of people who live confined, most hours of the day, between four walls. They are so caught up in the “activity” of daily demands, going from one man-made structure to another, that they seldom have time to “see” and “hear” the wonders of the natural world around them ” , Bush said. “I hope my writing connects readers with these natural wonders and gives them the peace and inspiration they may lack.”

Nothing is more healing than walking in the woods, bird watching or gazing at the river, she said.

“As we come out of this COVID period, we can renew our strength and calm our spirits by connecting to the reassuring rhythms of nature” Bush said.

“Seasons of twigs and feathers” is available at the Parkersburg Art Center and on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for $ 10.99. It is 99 pages long.

The book is illustrated with photographs by Diane Nastase. A photograph of a large woodpecker is on the cover of the book.

Jess Mancini can be contacted at [email protected]

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