Tonight, I am so honored to introduce an incredibly wise and gifted woman whom I’ve gotten to know through FaceBook. It’s been more than a year since I was first introduced to Leah Shelleda and we’ve been part of some very deep and rich dialogues during that time. I have come to deeply respect and love her for her insights, compassion and strong intellect.
Leah’s formal bio is below:
Leah Shelleda is Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Philosophy at the College of Marin in Northern California. Her poems have appeared in many journal and anthologies, and her chapbook, A Flash of Angel, won the Blue Light Press prize. Her book of poems, After the Jug Was Broken, and her newly edited anthology, The Book of Now: Poetry for the Rising Tide, are published by Fisher King Press. Leah is a seeker, a weaver and a crone-in-training.
Leah has just edited a new book of poetry and I’m thrilled to be able to mention it here.
In “The Book of Now: Poetry for the Rising Tide”, seven lyrical women poets, each accompanied by a study of their work, navigate our contemporary world. They travel to the depths of the psyche, experience exile, rhapsodize on the beauty of our planet, lament loss and celebrate renewal. These poets write courageously on what threatens us: climate change, war, mountain-top removal, loss of species, environmental damage, the scourge of cancer. They are witnesses, ‘Couriers’, who bring us their visions. As the tide rises they reach out to us in deeply personal and clear voices, each providing a unique experience in contemporary poetry.
This book can ordered directly from Fisher King Press (along with her first one). http://www.fisherkingpress.com/shop/
Here is a sample poem by Leah:
The End of Abundance
born into global warming
what I know of ice and snow seasons
the depth of water all we counted on
this knowledge will not be yours
I was born into war
you arrived at the end
But who would rather remain unborn
then enter a desperate age?
Little dear ones
time is a rope twirled
by invisible twin girls
we jump in
for as long as we can
© Leah Shelleda, The Book of Now: Poetry for the Rising Tide,
To follow Leah and read more of her writing, go to her blog: http://www.leahshelleda.com
Thank you, Leah, for giving us the words to help us grapple with these very challenging times and having such a beautiful container of a heart to hold this sorrow through your powerful imagery.