In this, her debut collection, Millicent Ally sets out to interpret her wide and sometimes painful experience of "this earthly animation . . . in the four sections [she] categorize[s] as 'Life,' 'Love,' 'Introspection,' and 'God'." A Los Angeles native who was reared in Georgia, Ally shares, in the fourteen poems that comprise each of the four sections of her book, intimate details of betrayal and triumph: love gone almost right--and love gone inexplicably wrong; faith--and the crisis of its utter lack; the loving light of family--and the dark shadow it can cast. Reading, we find ourselves understanding loneliness, friendship, isolation, and despair until, ultimately, Ally brings us to the truth of the spirit that allows her to transcend all the pain of her deep humanity. "Spirit is the cradle from which we are born," she writes, and, having lived, ". . . we yield to the paradoxical Omega to which we must return." For Ally, all that occurs in between birth and death occurs solely for our deepest learning, nothing more--nor less--than "experiences which help us to gather information for our souls’ collective evolution." For her reader, there is comfort to be found in Ally's conclusion.
Though she is a wildflower at heart, Miss Ally’s work has the broad appeal of a classic red rose. Her voice is too travailed to blossom as a pure white rose and too meaningful for the ascribed neutrality of a yellow rose. Only the deep red rose fits the passion, pain, beauty, and richness of her writing.
from the Foreword,
by Gregory J. Schwartz,
Professor of Geography, Los Angeles Mission College,
author, Five Ways to Save the Planet (in your spare time)
An only child, poet Millicent Ally, who characterizes her almost-nomadic early life as gypsy-like, found her truest companionship in poetry and books. At the age of thirteen, she found that the poetry she had been reading throughout her childhood had taken root--and Ally began to write, employing lyric and verse as therapy to deal with the challenging circumstances she faced. Still compelled to tell stories, Ally currently studies television and screen-writing at the Writer’s Boot Camp in Santa Monica, California.