On Our Shelves Now
About the Author
Maureen Eppstein is the author of three poetry collection: EARTHWARD (Finishing Line Press 2014), ROGUE WAVE AT GLASS BEACH (March Street Press 2009) and QUICKENING (March Street Press 2007). Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poecology, Calyx, Basalt, Written River, Sand Hill Review, and Aesthetica 2014, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Originally from Aotearoa/New Zealand, she now lives and writes close to the earth on the Mendocino Coast of California. She is a former executive director of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and has taught poetry workshops at the College of the Redwoods Mendocino Coast. Her website is www.maureeneppstein.com.
In poems as lithe, shrewd and unified as shoreline plovers, Maureen Eppstein moves from a girlhood in New Zealand to an aging wise woman on California’s north coast. Contemplating the complexities and beauties of migrating, she paints tender portraits of the whales, swallows, foxes, frogs of her chosen home and allies herself with a snow goose, “at the tail end of a line of birds/ who tolerate our strangeness.” In Horizon Line, this entwining strangeness is the poet’s artistry, her gift. ~Kathleen McClung, author of The Typists Play Monopoly
With keen eyes on the horizons of memory, Maureen Eppstein brings us the essentials of “music at the daylight’s edge.” Each poem is a world of its own, taken in by a mother, a friend, an observer who has witnessed the losses alongside the gifts – the gray whales, the clock, the “subtle tug” of a fish, felt for decades. The power of these poems lies in their smallest details, which reveal a lingering “ecstasy of urgent light.” ~Maya Khosla, author of All the Fires of Wind and Light.