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The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Homeby Jim Perlman
Synopses & Reviews
This engaging anthology on the theme of home includes twenty personal essays and nearly eighty poems from a wide variety of social and cultural perspectives, as unique and diverse as the authors who have written them. Herein is previously uncollected writings by Joseph Bruchac, Jane Yolen, Marge Piercy, Naomi Shihab Nye, Roberta Hill, Mark Vinz, and many others.
In a world of increasing change and mobility, these writings explore our most fundamental concerns for self-identity: what is our home, where have we come from, who am I?
From "The House Made of Words":
Some day I will havea house made of words.It will be all windows and doors,with the words placed in rows,each one leading to the next,the way the presentwears the face of the past.
Jim Perlman is the founding editor and publisher of Holy Cow! Press.
Deborah Cooper is the author of Under the Influence of Lilacs (Clover Valley Press, 2010). She is the 2012-14 Poet Laureate of Duluth, Minnesota.
Mara Hart writes memoir in prose and poetry. Her book, Lovecraft's New York Circle, was published in 2007 by Hippocampus Press.
Pamela Mittlefehldt is a poet and mystery writer. She is working on a collection of essays about the meaning of place.
A compelling, culturally diverse gathering of personal essays and poetry that explores "What, where is our home?"
An international group of well-established writers have been brought together by the exchange program Writers in Motion: Fall and Recovery to reflect on America’s still open wounds from unresolved crises and vast troubling legacies. For ten days the visiting writers, all of whom had written on large-scale disasters in other contexts, were steeped in ongoing American problems and wrote on topics stretching from the Civil War to the BP oil spill, the Civil Rights movement to Hurricane Katrina. The results have been gathered together in this collection which will take readers into those same wounds through the calm eyes of engaged, concerned guests. Thought provoking experiences are shared that suggest that there is a greater strength, an inspiring strength, in admitting that the U.S must persevere through social tensions.
About the Author
Jim Perlman is the founding editor and publisher of Holy Cow! Press. He has edited three previous anthologies (Brother Songs: A Male Anthology of Poetry, 1979; and, with Ed Folsom, Dan Campion Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song (1981; rev. ed. 1998; and Beloved on the Earth, 2009). Deborah Cooper is the author of four poetry chapbooks, most recently "Between the Ceiling and The Moon" by Finishing Line Press. She has used poetry extensively in her work as a Hospice Chaplain and conducts writing classes for individuals grieving the loss of a loved one. She and her husband, Joel, a visual artist, frequently exhibit their collaborative images. Mara Hart writes memoir in prose and poetry. She has been an editor of several literary periodicals. Her book, "Lovecraft's New York Circle," was published in 2007 by Hippocampus Press, New York City. Pamela Mittlefehldt is a poet and a mystery writer. She has retired from teaching at Saint Cloud State University where she taught American Studies and Community Studies. Currently, she is working on a collection of essays about the meaning of place, and is exploring the power of story to transform our lives as individuals and as a community.
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