The Way Of Things
Poetry by Shannon Vesely
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Rogue Faculty Press is proud to present The Way Of Things, the first collection of poems by Shannon Vesely.
“It's the way of things,” writes Shannon Vesely, “the day refusing to die/germinating in the ash heap/and promising—like a sleeping seed—/its return.” In a calm, clear voice, The Way Of Things provides readers with images that heal and restore. Full of hope and gratefulness, wrought with elegant simplicity, this collection is a gift, a treasure of a first book by an important poet.
What Critics Are Saying About The Way Of Things:
“As with all the best literature, The Way of Things invites us to 'push aside the green curtain of nature' so that we each might 'try on different lives.' Shannon Vesely writes with her heart’s nib so that we might dance rose-hipped where apple blossoms pink the day. She is also the rare writer who has the courage to dream of renaming the finest flowers whose titles festoon our minds with monikers we too easily accept as settled.
"Instead of weeping under willows, these wonderful poems leave us reveling in the mysterious cycle of life. Traveling both back and forward across these landscapes, we meet pioneer women who endure men who sit and sop. These women’s stillbirths (and bookless years) remind us of so much more than tragedy overcome: as John Muir once wrote, 'One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.' It is the way of change to make our lives rejoin— not separate. Peek in and see. Every page offers an ever needed 'shot of chlorophyll to the heart.' Swing through these splendid verses with careful eyes: they’ll 'take your gut by surprise.'
North Carolina State University, author of the biography Langston Hughes (Critical Lives)
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The Collected Works of Don Welch
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Beloved Nebraska Poet Don Welch's collected works is finally available to lovers of great poetry!
Selected by award winning editor Dwaine Spieker and Don himself, this stunning collection of poems spans over forty years of Welch's award-winning verse.
Here are what critics say about Don Welch's HOMING:
“W. H. Auden once wrote ‘A poet’s hope: to be/like some
valley cheese, /local, but prized everywhere.’ This is about
as precise a statement as one could ever make of Don
Welch, the senior poet of Nebraska and of the Great
Plains. Yet Don has always been a modest man, content to
immerse himself in his first affections: family, homing
pigeons, the Platte River and the birds that brand the flight
path so uniquely, and writing an enduring poetry that never
pretends to be anything but well-made. Those of us who
have read his work faithfully for forty years recognize the
magnitude of his contribution to the local, but we are also
painfully aware his contribution to American letters should
be celebrated in great measure. Don never sought a
national audience. Rather, like the faith he has in his
homing pigeons, he sent his poems to the world, hoping
they (and not himself) would be prized and return to
readers the spirit of the local that suffices above all."
—Mark E Sanders, publisher of Sandhills Press, author of “Conditions of Grace:
New and Selected Poems”
“Don Welch’s ever-present theme—you are not listening
for it, yet it finds you—is courage, specifically moral
courage. And how difficult that is to sustain. Still, this is the
music we have always needed and need even more, right
now. As Welch attaches his broad vision to land and sky,
birds and animals, he simultaneously tells us all about the
solitary, bursting, and contradictory human heart. Born out
of a deep and complex love, his inherited strength is
transferred. Like the best of our American tradition, these
are spirituals. Welch’s beautiful and valiant poems touch
needful readers on the shoulder, show us it will be okay,
and, somehow, it is."
—Steve Langan, founder of The Seven Doctors Project, author of “What It
Looks Like, How It Flies”
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