Sandy Goldsmith's poems explore images of childhood and loss, illness and recovery, journey and revelation.
There is an honesty here, mirrored in unexpected insights – unnerving or joyous – which challenge us to
join this poet in her experiences and center on truths that also reflect our own.
President, Poets' Club of Chicago
In Imaging Center the privileged reader obtains X-ray vision into the soul of a woman with sensibilities
both commonplace and astoundingly beautiful. At once tender and perceptive, wounded and vulnerable,
the persona strips off all pretense to reveal bare-bones of feeling. The trappings of prosperity
are given texture by the suffering of ancestors, and the menace of disease is enhanced by recollections
of a mother's ordeal. Images layer, entwine, and overlap to render viable the breadth of womanhood in
all its complex and interdependent aspects. This is a profoundly astute and healing collection of poems.
Maureen Tolman Flannery
Author of Ancestors In The Landscape
Editor of Knowing Stones
In the seeds we grow from are the seeds of our death. In the shadows between the images of our bone and
flesh are our dreams and those things that make us grow beyond ourselves. This is a magnificent book,
an imaging center that takes one from the stone cold precision of the cancer ward where X-ray machines
view the most hidden details of a woman's body – to the associative nonlinear musical imagery that
transcends life and yet illuminates how individual and unique we each are, and with what hidden depths
that cannot be probed without our will. This is a book to fall in love beside.
Author of Lake Michigan and Other Poems
and Where Images Become Imbued With Time.