Philip Booth and the Gift of Place
“Being a poet is not a career. It’s a life.” – Philip Booth
Poet Philip Booth (1925-2007) wrote ten books of poetry, studied with Robert Frost, and won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Although critics loved his spare, emotionally intelligent, quintessentially New England writing style, Booth never attracted the wide readership enjoyed by contemporaries like Maxine Kumin and Robert Lowell.
Author Jeanne Braham hopes to ignite new interest in Booth’s poetry, and how he spent a lifetime looking into “how words see.” While writing the first book about Booth’s life, AVAILABLE LIGHT: Philip Booth and the Gift of Place (December 1, 2015 | $23.95 trade paper | Bauhan Publishing), she dug through his papers at Dartmouth’s Rauner Special Collections Library and the Castine Historical Society in his longtime home of Castine, Maine. She reread all Booth’s poetry and prose writing, and interviewed his family, friends, former students, and fellow poets. Read more/Buy
Where Have All The Animals Gone
My Travels with Karl Ammann
Over the last fifteen years, Dale Peterson has collaborated with photographer Karl Ammann to produce three books about apes, elephants, and giraffes. For this book, Peterson accompanied the iconoclastic Swiss photographer through Africa and Southeast Asia, serving as his Boswell and discovering along the way magnificent splendor, unexpected humor, and tragic loss. Where Have All the Animals Gone? includes photos and an afterword by Ammann, who has lived for decades in Kenya with his wife, two adopted chimpanzees, and a home-raised cheetah.
“This book is about traveling through a vanishing world, saying good-bye to biodiversity, watching as the human presence mushrooms and pushes the planet’s wild animals and wild habitats away and over the edge,” writes Ammann in the book’s afterword. “It’s not the end of the world. It is the end of the wild.” Read more/Buy
Words from the Wild
Favorite columns from A Yankee Notebook
Emmy award-winning storyteller and beloved host of NHPTV’s Windows to the Wild, Willem Lange, presents a new collection of favorite tales from the wilds of New England and beyond. Willem Lange holds the mantra, “do something each week you’ve never done before.” He shares with us some of his best experiences connecting with fascinating new people, places, and to the wild itself. Words from the Wild inspires us to get out there and live. Read more/Buy
A Pocket Book of Prompts
Writer and teacher Leaf Seligman encourages students to use writing as a way to “deepen connection, make meaning or clarify it.” In this pocket-sized book she asks more than 70 questions intended as invitations to plumb, to look, to listen, and to engage with life. Its tiny stature proves that not only the best gifts but the best ideas can come in small packages. Read more/Buy
Rebecca Kaiser Gibson
OPINEL is the name of a workaday knife from the Haute-Savoie wielded by shepherds and farmers in the high pastures of the Alps when a tool for paring, shaping, cutting into, scraping out of, or freeing is useful. These poems likewise cleave away the false and deceptive to clarify and reveal a startling and unifying wonder. In language radiant, lovely, and disturbing, Rebecca Kaiser Gibson explores the linkages between the uncomfortable familiar and the curiously intimate strange, making unexpected connections between phenomena. Read more/Buy
The 2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize Winner!
Life of the Garment
In this collection of vital, elegiac poems, Deborah Gorlin inventories her dead in urgent acts of recognition and commemoration. Family members—both nuclear and extended—appear in their native stories to reanimate local histories, intimate geographies, and lost times. In a different series of personae poems, Gorlin catalogues dolls and totems within their particular cultural habitats, which range from Africa to the Andes, and imagines their daemonic hopes, dreams and emotions. In a final act of inclusion, she takes stock of her own spiritual hesitations, yearnings, and approximations. She reaches out to the dead by trying to imagine the afterworld–the groundless and eternal spirit realm. Read more/Buy
Sparks From the Anvil
The Smith College Poetry Interviews
What does it mean to grow up attuned to the particular, to the natural world and the inner world, to be astonished by language? What connections and what solitudes nurture a writer’s genuine voice? How can one find the time and space to engage with the world’s mysteries, with what Yusef Komunyakaa calls the “singing underneath things”? These are the kinds of questions Christian McEwen posed when interviewing visiting poets at the Smith College Poetry Center. Read more/Buy
The Education of a Yankee
An American Memoir
by Judson D. Hale
Written with a delightful sense of irony and a profound tenderness, The Education of a Yankee is an engaging memoir that skillfully reveals the grand, eccentric, and occasionally tragic history of a very unconventional family. Judson Hale was born into Boston’s very proper Brahmin world, the son of a wealthy father who loved sailing and horseback riding and a beautiful, talented mother who loved opera and sang professionally. But readers expecting a conventional account of New England privilege will be delightfully surprised. The fate of Hale’s older brother, Drake, led his parents to embark on a dramatic, extravagant, and visionary undertaking . . . Read more/Buy
The Tortoise Diaries
Daily Meditations for Creativity and Slowing Down
Christian McEwen, Illustrated by Laetitia Bermejo
A mini treasure-house of poems and quotations, centered on creativity and slowing down
We called him tortoise because he taught us. —Lewis Carroll
A daily reader of prayer and meditation in serving the practice of lectio divina or “divine reading” based on the twelve chapters of Christian McEwen’s 2011 book called World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down. Focusing in turn on different subjects, each month introduces a new subject ranging from “the art of slowing down,” considering good company and conversation, investigating “child time,” to the joys and relaxation to be found in walking. Read more/Buy
World Enough & Time Audiobook
Christian McEwen’s classic book is now available as an audiobook —read by McEwen herself!
The human mind, writes Christian McEwen, is “fed and nourished by every sight and smell and sound that we encounter, from the movement of the clouds to the shrill of the birds outside our morning window.”
Listen as she quotes widely from literary and spiritual thinkers to explore the fruits of life lived slowly, deliberately, and with mindfulness.
This audio format is a USB card that plugs into your computer and can be loaded into whatever audio program you use. To buy . . .