Synopses & Reviews
Although Kathleen Norris’s best-selling Dakota: A Spiritual Geography has brought her to the attention of many thousands of readers, she is first and last a poet. Like Robert Frost, another poet identified with a particular landscape, she can reveal the miraculous in the ordinary, and she writes with clarity, humor, and deep sympathy for her subjects.
“Norris’ poems are characterized by generosity and compassion, as plain and spacious as the prairie life that has engendered many of them.”
“A spiritual bravery allows her to live in a way that reduces external interference with teh inner voice. As a result, Norris has written some of the finest and most scrupulously honest religious poems of her generation.”
". . . .she has inherited [Emily] Dickinson's view that the thing that inspires is the thing to be celebrated. The reader can often sense Ms. Norris's sheer pleasure in writing."
—New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Kathleen Norris’s books of poetry include The Middle of the World, Little Girls in Church,
and The Astronomy of Love
. In addition to her best-selling memoirs (all listed as New York Times
Notable Books), her most recent prose works include Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and “Women’s Work,” The Virgin of Bennington
(a memoir) and a children’s book on Sts. Benedict and Scholastica (in collaboration with the artist Tomie de Paola) are forthcoming. Her honors include grants from the Echoing Green Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts. She lives in South Dakota and Honolulu, Hawaii.