Synopses & Reviews
In Deer Drink the Moon, Liz Nakazawa brings together thirty-three poets to create a masterpiece of poetry about the state of Oregon. Organized thematically into seven of the state's ecoregions, this collection takes the reader on a statewide tour through poetry: beginning at the Pacific Ocean with William Stafford's "Waiting by the Sea," traveling through the Willamette Valley with Margaret Chula's "Soliloquy on Rain," and ending in the high deserts of Eastern Oregon with Vince Wixon's "Eastern Oregon." Through memorable imagery, the poets create a tribute to Oregon that is painted in lyrics, harvested in poetry, and grown in the hearts of artists.
"Liz Nakazawa, editor of Deer Drink the Moon, has plucked gems of our genius loci the 'Spirit of Place' from thirty-three Oregon authors, and set them before us. Grouped by ecoregion, the images of sand dollars, apricot-scented mushrooms, frozen rivers, ground fog, bone-dry drought and parched creeks, and of course rain, many kinds of rain, provide the backdrop that defines us all." Carla Perry, author of Laughing Like Dogs
"Travel to the Coastal Range, where 'the tide calls my name,' where the tides measure our lives. Go to the Blue Mountains where the Burnt River freezes over. Linger at Harney Lake where the land implores you to stop talking. This is a land of rain where the sky is 'gray as wax' and 'the steelhead blazes like a mirror catching sun.' Go to these places by whatever means will carry you. Open the pages of this book." Charles Seluzicki, Fine Press Publisher & Rare Book Dealer
"Here are poems that, taken together, form a painterly portrait of Oregon in all its astonishing breadth of weathers and landscapes, poems that, individually, astonished me with their beauty and multiformity, poems that reminded me again and again how lucky I am to live here." Molly Gloss, author of The Jump Off Creek
About the Author
Editor Liz Nakazawa has been a freelance writer since 1984 and has published numerous articles on a variety of subjects such as health, gardening, education, architecture, the environment, and small businesses. Her articles have appeared in The Oregonian, Oregon Business Magazine, and the Christian Science Monitor. She has also published in Psychology Today, American Health and Fitness Magazine, and Northwest Travel.