5.5 x 7.5 inches
Penny Harters poems are the craft of a
true seer, necessary words in an era of disruptive human doings. With
minute insight into lifes precious web, she reinstates our mother
tongue & walks us into a gardennot mythological, but
realwhere stones sing, worms hear, whales call, fog leaves
scales on our limbs & sun fills our bones with a melody at
once ancient, at once new. These poemsbeautiful, perceptive, startlingreturn
us to our senses, & point the way home.
Penny Harter speaks with the wisdom of her
kinship to the greater biotic community. Her meld of intuition, intelligence,
talent and command has resulted in an exceptional and complete collection
of poems that reflects great reverence for the spirit of Nature while
offering glimpses of the frightening hubris that characterizes our own
species. This elegant volume is very important both poetically and philosophically.
In a time of destruction we need a turtle blessing, we need again to
hear the voices of all those other lives around usspeaking as
community. Penny Harter sings us back to the center of things, to the
heart, where everything speaks. Through her poems we try to regain the
old way of moving on earth, where we find our way back into the
conversation, back into the real community life. Here we find the blessings
of turtle, deer, skunk, rock and water. We are blessed with the language
of light, we are learning the planet by ear, and our hearts have been
Penny Harter once livesd in Santa Fe, New
Mexico, now New Jersey. Much of her work reflects ecological concerns
and an imperative sensibility toward co-habitation with other species.
She has won fellowships and awards from the New Jersey State Council
on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Poetry Society
of America. Her previous books include: Stages and Views (Katydid
Books); Grandmother's Milk (Singular Speech Press), Shadow
Play: Night Haiku (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers),
as well as Buried in the Sky (La Alameda Press).