With focus and simplicity, Whimsical Warrior draws the reader into an enchanted world, made visible through the eyes of a poet’s muse, filled with laughter, tears, insight and the unexpected. In an alchemy of wisdom and imagination, a fall in the shower becomes “a clumsy geriatric camel” poking its nose under her tent. A poem about looking for eyeglasses lulls the reader with humor into a profound awareness. A second battle with breast cancer explores feeling like a “fake cancer patient.” Bits and pieces of ordinary life fall into surprising patterns. A playful tribute to resilience, the book explores the mysteries of the passage of time, as well as Selma Mann’s familiar themes of love, longing, grief, cancer, aging and the healing power of poetry.
Love, friendship, spirituality and connection. Selma Mann’s poetry is an inspiring poetic journey through the gifts and perils of aging with grace and laughter. Some poems are serious, some funny, often finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.
"Selma Mann is a brilliant poet. She has captured emotions of sadness, loss, love, survival, and strength in her first book of poetry. Selma is an inspiration to all women who have loved, lost, and battled cancer. I love her approach to poetry, and her approach to life."
"This is a book about love, grief, joy, and healing. It is beautifully and sensitively written -- with a very talented muse helping out. It will make a wonderful gift for certain special people in my life, particularly those who are struggling with some of the same issues Selma has dealt with."