Making awareness into language is the act that binds the elements of Sally Ito’s newest collection of poetry, Alert to Glory. Whether the focus is on parenting, biblical texts, or on creativity itself, Ito discerns the moment in which the word might become wondrous—moments when the mind-bell is struck dumb, and the hollow fills with shuddering sound, agog with itself. Ito’s images ring with profundity in clear, fearless language that seeks to connect the reader with the soul’s capacity to sense the divine through gifts of awareness and wonder.
Ito's "poems pull – thematically, imagistically, rhetorically – toward two poles: the hereafter, and the unblemished, cherubic spirit of childhood...There are glorious moments throughout this collection."
- Quill and Quire
"This is a collection that calls us to attentiveness, and practices it. The words often pile up, deep and thick with thought, and arresting in their images."
-- Dora Dueck, Borrowing Bones Blog
"Sally Ito's Alert to Glory is a "collection worth reading for its attentiveness to spiritual mysteries and to the seam between the visible and invisible, between impermanence and permanence."
"Sound the trumpets! Sally Ito’s Alert to Glory is a clarion call to “alertness and watching which is the poet’s constant state.” These well-crafted poems arouse in us a love of the natural world as well as the everyday domestic amazements.
Ito “face-praises” us into the world in its rich particularities. The old patriarchal God emerges as God the Peace-King, “God, the peashooter, the honey hurler of joy.” Behold, she makes old things new—new wineskins for new wine.
These are peace poems for our contemporary world. Alert to Glory is a transformative book both salt and sweet."
~ Susan McCaslin, author of Demeter Goes Skydiving
"Alert to Glory shows us in poem after poem the subtle, fluent essence of the sacred, how it can heighten every thought and gesture. These poems aren’t just beautifully rendered, but have the capacity to enhance our awareness of those intangible, spiritual dimensions of our lives. I’ve always admired Ms. Ito’s poetry, but this book is nothing less than a call and invocation to our deeper natures. No easy task and harder still to do it with such elegance."
~ Don Domanski
Born in Taber, Alberta, Sally Ito is a writer, editor, and translator living in Winnipeg with her husband and two children. Currently, she is an instructor of Creative Writing and a blog contributor to a children’s multicultural literature blog, PaperTigers. To express a deep abiding love for things ‘visible and invisible’ is what she aspires to in writing her poetry; failing and yet ever striving is the process through which she hopes one day to arrive.