Left to right: Jacqueline Trimble, Suzanne LaRosa, Scott Markel, jacket cover American Happiness.
American Happiness, named the Best Book for 2016 by Seven Sisters Books (http://sevensistersbookawards.com), is Trimble’s first poetry collection.
Other lessons Erna taught her daughter can be found in the poem “A Woman Explains The World To Her Children.”
She taught her daughter that it was up to her to make her own dreams come true and not the stars she wished upon: (No matter how many stars/ you wish on, those distant suns/ flamed out long ago.)
She taught her daughter to respect the goodness of the individuals who came before her and to appreciate what they did in order to provide her with a better way of life: (Your comfort is built/ on someone’s broken back.)