New book of poems from Deerbrook Editions
Forthcoming title by Maine author explores the dualities of the linear, of surfaces, time, and common points of experience.
In Where You Happen to Be, Leonore Hildebrandt writes of "discern[ing]
The reigning intelligence in Leonore Hildebrandt's Where You Happen to Be is a wanderer over physical, political, and spiritual landscapes. Intensely observant, ever aware of the contingency of her present circumstances, Hildebrandt carries the reader from the Maine coast, where "the ocean was right in its fervor" to the arid hills of northern New Mexico, their "desert patina . . . chiseled" with petroglyphs;
With variously sized poetic scopes, ever focused, Leonore Hildebrandt finds us connective paths through space and time, delineating the material and spiritual dimensions of shelter. Where You Happen to Be takes its cue—and title—from Buckminster Fuller's directive: "The most important thing to teach your children is that the sun does not rise and set. It is the Earth that revolves around the sun. Then teach them the concepts of North, South, East and West, and that they relate to where they happen to be on the planet's surface at that time." A poet of the keenest relational reasoning, Hildebrandt marks out the directions of a nostos poetics, venturing, but never claiming, the way home. Her precision of image and tone is all the more indelible for this concomitant spirit of wandering. This is a book you read in one fascinated swoop, then return to again and again with love and gratitude. There are so few books of contemporary poetry contributing to what I'd call a "wisdom tradition." This is most certainly one of them.
Available now only on the site for pre-publication orders.
Where You Happen To Be by Leonore Hildebrandt.
Poems by Leonore Hildebrandt;
94 pages; 6 x 9 in.; $17.29
The cover features a painting by Susan Hammond of Maine.
Check out the flip-thru preview and read a few poems.
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