This is an exercise in love, an attempt at developing taste, a test of how sweet a word can be, an ode to moments. This is a manifestation of slowness and quiet and sunshine, early mornings and late evenings, glad memories and slender times. This is yearning and giving, an extended meditation on letters, what they can and cannot do for one's being. Meia Geddes’ debut LOVE LETTERS TO THE WORLD—a series of 120 brief, lyrical missives—addresses the world as body, concept, stranger. This is a quiet celebration and exploration of life, love, language, and one's place in the world.
"Geddes' poems are lyrical, rhythmic, and gentle whether the subject is love, adoption, or a meditation on a box of little Chinese clothes discovered in a closet. Throughout the diversity of subject and perception, there is grace in Geddes' voice as she leads us on a journey. Who is the dear world with whom she corresponds? The reader can look between the words to find their resolution."
"In this work, those essentially human qualities, thinking and feeling, are cast in such elusively supple and subtle language, at once clear and unpretentious, and yet nuanced and rich in refraction, that what appears translucently simple and immediately appropriable suddenly diffuses into shades of signification for which one is never quite prepared . . . It is refreshing to encounter a work of genuine intimacy—to say nothing of its humanity—that is challenging in its emotional honesty but which steers well clear of self-indulgent sentimentality, just as it is to encounter one that is intelligent, even wise, but remains unfettered by a labored intellectuality."
"Meia Geddes' letters to the world are like paper cranes she has made to save someone. To read them is to touch a bird in flight, to experience a growing proximity to possibility as it flies toward you."