Like the larger anthology after which this elegant book is named, the petite version begins with "Warning" by Jenny Joseph (title is the first line of the poem). The resolution and confidence towards ageing is what characterises "When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple". This honest approach has made readers fall in love with it over and over again. Here one can enjoy powerful excerpts and photographs from the original work in jacketed mini-book, perfect for gift-giving and/or as an introduction to the larger version. The universal message in this petite book is the same as its predecessor -- ageing is but a natural and beautiful gift of life.
Sandra Martz is the founder of Papier-Mache Press. She has edited numerous anthologies and is the 1995 American Book Award Winner. She lives in Hollister, California.