Its baritone bellows like drumbeats or
thunder before the downpour,
a haunting timbre carried across slough
and wet prairie, arousing unrelieved


— “King Of Infinite Space” (Heaven Underfoot, Codhill Press, 2023)

Book cover of IN THE SHADE OF THE SIDRA TREE by Dr. Diana Woodcock features a lone painted tree in shades of green and gray.

© 2024 Diana Woodcock, Ph.D.

In the Shade of the Sidra Tree

“Diana Woodcock’s poetry balances the ache of displacement with the tenuous joy of finding a home in a place both threatening and beautiful. As a deeply engaged humanist and a woman who cherishes solitude, she is both challenged and rewarded at every turn by the richly sensual desert culture, but out of this tension come wise, graceful and deeply rewarding poems.”

– Rosellen Brown, author of Half a Heart

“Diana Woodcock creates shades, shades that bridge cultures and histories, that travel far and stay close. A captivating read.”

– Nathalie Handal, author of Love and Strange Horses

“Trust Diana Woodcock to find water in the desert, to touch the deep underground springs of the spirit wherever she travels. An honest and faithful guide, she takes us on a journey of understanding toward a place and a people we urgently need to know more deeply.”

– Dan Veach, author of Elephant Water and Flowers of Flame: Unheard Voices of Iraq

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Bibliographic Information

  • isbn 9781599246543
  • pages 28 pp.
  • format Paperback
  • publication date 2010
  • publisher Finishing Line Press