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Wild Honey, Tough Salt (Paperback)

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When I think of these poems, I think of camping in the wilderness alone—of sitting under a pine tree after waiting out a thunderstorm, sweat on your forehead and brids reminding you of why you're here. These poems feel raw, true, bone deep in the way bird song and woods and drifting clouds feel. "My Iron Catastrophe" helped initiate me into a new, more hopeful phase in my life, and I know and hope that these poems might provide you with that solace of hope after trials.

— From Emma's Picks


Wild Honey, Tough Salt offers a prismatic view of Earth citizenship, where we must now be ambidextrous. The book takes a stern look inward calling for sturdy character and supple spirit, and a bold look outward seeking ways to engage grief trouble. The book begins with poems that witness a buoyant life in a difficult world: wandering New Orleans in a trance, savoring the life of artist Tove Jansson, reading the fine print on the Mexican peso and the Scottish five-pound note. Clues to untapped energy lie everywhere by the lens of poetry. The book then moves to considerations of the worst in us--torture and war: how to recruit a child soldier? How to be married to the heartless guard? What to say to your child who is enamored by bullets? In the third section, the book offers a spangle of poems blessing earth: wren song, bud growth, river's eager way with obstacles. And the final section offers poems of affection: infant clarities of home, long marriage in dog years, a consoling campfire in the yard when all seems lost. The book will soften your trouble, and give you spirit for the days ahead.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781597098960
ISBN-10: 1597098965
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2019
Pages: 100
Language: English