Poetry by Faye Snider
Try to imagine what it is to have one’s daughter —barely out of her teens — stolen by “thieves of the spirit.” In gripping short narratives, Faye Snider captures a mother’s voice, telling the story of a young woman who forsakes family and her religion to follow a preacher “anointed by God.” What happened to the “curious child” who asked, “Where do frogs go in winter?” Where is the girl who once sang “A Boy Like That” and “I Feel Pretty?” She’s suddenly “folded tight/as a blossom in frost. ” Skillfully paced and painstakingly crafted, these timely poems embody the battle between one who — greedy for power — claims and convinces many that he owns the Truth, and those who must rescue a beloved who’s been deceived. This truly is an unforgettable story of seeking — for God; for meaning; for love; the lost; and, ultimately, for the self.
–-Meg Kearney, author of Home by Now & All Morning the Crows
About the Author
Faye Snider, MSW, MFA, a retired clinical social worker and family
therapist, writes true stories in narrative and verse forms. She has
published professional pieces titled Holocaust Trauma and Imagery:
The Systemic Transference into the Second Generation, Poetry: A Way to
Bear Witness, and Rescue from a Cult: A Living Death in the Family.
She earned an MFA in creative writing from the Solstice Creative
Writing Program and has published personal narratives in Alimentum,
Sugarmule and Boxy. Her poem, Cousin Lewie, received first prize in
The Chautauqua Writing Center Poetry Contest in 2021. Find more
of her poetry in Ibbetson Press, 200 New Mexico Poems, and Lily Poetry