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The poems in this book, Walker Abel's third collection, seem to spiral around some core yearning or intuition of beauty at the very center of life and experience. There is an ungraspable quality to this realization, a depth without end, but these poems swim, circle, and glimmer from within that water. Some reflect inclinations toward the unity and stillness of Buddhist/Taoist contemplation, while others reach out toward an embodied and passionate engagement with the particulars of life. This is accessible poetry. We feel common ground with the Wanderer: a core sense of self as it moves through interconnections with a multitude of other selves living among, and as, mountains, rivers, sea, desert.
About the Author
Walker Abel is a former teacher who has written most of his poetry in field journals while out on 9-week academic programs, which were taught entirely off-campus during a series of backpacking trips in wild areas of California. His first book, The Uncallused Hand, was a Finalist in Foreword Reviews 2014 Book of the Year and winner of the Gold in the 2015 Nautilus Awards. He lives at a remote, off-grid home in northern California.
“The world behind the word, that is Walker Abel’s devotion. His sacrifice is to the visible creatrix. His benediction, and ours, is that mute gods are given voice in these generous poems.” —Michael Hannon, author, Imaginary Burden