Suzanne Underwood Rhodes

. . . Art is strict as the honeycomb. 

But wild as love, 

the ecstatic honey. 

(from Flying Yellow)

Thank you for visiting my website. As a poet and essayist, I think of a word as a tree, alive with possibility and even danger! Words are mysterious, like tree hollows I can crawl into. Words extend branches I can climb onto and see the sky beyond the limits of the mind. The limbs and leaves teach me to see how everything connects. I can view the earth from a height and gain a wiser perspective. Words have roots, too--roots in the divine: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). 

Come climb with me.  

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Most of the photos on this website were taken by my husband, Wayne Rhodes, a professional photographer who specializes in landscape and nature photography. 

Announcing Flying Yellow, April 2021

Suzanne's new collection of  poems, Flying Yellow (Paraclete Press), is coming this spring! Preordering information will be available. 

"The poems in Flying Yellow by Suzanne Underwood Rhodes cry out for the day just out of reach, the day which unaccountably may in a moment or a season let down a joyful light into the obscurity of human trial. A hopeful belief in heaven and the end of suffering colors these profoundly spiritual, often uneasy poems. Carried by musical currents that shape her work, Suzanne ventures into what she calls "the good dark stuff" of experience-good because the dark is where Christ went, willingly, to take it captive. Whether probing the meaning of her own personal traumas or those of historical figures like Mary Rowlandson and Dorothy Bradford; whether peeling back layers of habitual sight to see the natural world of robins and ghost crabs and shorelines more truly, she brings the reader alongside each surprising encounter to see the possibilities of light."