Rebecca Baggett is the author of four chapbooks and an award-winning full-length collection, The Woman Who Lives Without Money, from Regal House Publishing. A native of the North Carolina coast, she has lived for most of her adult life in Athens, GA, where she worked as an academic advisor at the University of Georgia’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. In retirement, she stewards a Little Free Library works to add native plants to her garden, and has growing piles of books all over the house. Rebecca is a fan of indie bookshops, libraries, theatre, farmers markets, word games, her faint memories of travel, and her two-year-old grandson, who reconciles her to staying home.
The Woman Who Lives Without Money
The poems in this first collection move through the arc of a life, with a tender focus on the landscape of childhood and the natural world. A young child’s delight in language—'derelict and delectation...onyx and obsidian'— matures to contemplate what language, myth, and art can teach us about inevitable loss: of a home the child, her mother, and sisters were forced by a troubled father to flee; of aunts, uncles, and that mother who had once seemed eternal. Woven into this narrative, the title character—a nomadic woman who lives without money—appears with her porcelain begging bowl, a figure from myth, a touchstone for what is everlasting, a moment of transcendence into a more benevolent world, the one glimpsed again and again in these poems.