Oak Wise is a collection of Celtic-themed narrative poetry exploring the old wisdom of the Druidic and shamanic traditions. This collection is approachable to the curious seeker just beginning their exploration of ecological spirituality; while at the same time remains insightful to long-time path-walkers.
In Oak Wise Browning descends with the reader into an intimate account of one seeker reflecting on the biological mother (the Earth) while communing with the ancestral consciousness to which we each are connected. This collection brilliantly reintroduces the ecological sensitivities of the old earth-based faiths; highlighting their relevance in this current age of environmental crisis.
Praise for Oak Wise
“Browning’s poetic portrait of the life of the earth connects ecological knowledge with soul-bearing expressions of love, vulnerability, and hope. By addressing herself to the earth, almost like a petitioner before an immensity, one is reminded of the Homeric Hymns. And by expressing frustration and anger with the things people do which damage the beauty of a landscape, one is reminded of early American ecologists like John Muir and Aldo Leopold. Thus Browning calls upon us not only to contemplate, but also to act.”
—Brendan Myers, author of Circles of Meaning and Loneliness and Revelation
“… Oak Wise is gentle, yet unrelenting in its exhortation of us to return to the land and a more conscious, spiritually engaged way of life.”
— J.M. Reinbold, author of Cernunnos, Ancient Celtic God
“In societies that still bear an imprint of ‘the shamanic’, male and female shamans are a voice of the sacred. In these worlds, from bardic Ireland to the crazy wisdom ngakpas of the Himalayas, poetry is a facet of the shamanic tradition. The work of L.M. Browning is undoubtedly one of these wisdom-streams. Her sight, voice and verses are a force of nature, simultaneously reminding us what we’ve forgotten and foretelling what we must remember to survive.”
— Frank Owen, Bodhiyatra Poetry
“In times when many are starting to remember we forgot many things along the road, the journey of L.M. Browning might arise other landscapes into the reader’s life and the way we relate to nature and ourselves.”
— Ximena Eduarda, The Druid Network
“…Oak Wise is a hymn to the earth, full of grief and celebration.”
—Bryn Colvin, The Druid Network
Format: signed Paperback | ISBN 978-1938846052 | 230 Pages | Poetry/Celtic Shamanism/Nature
Founder & Publisher
L.M. Browning (Leslie M. Browning) is the award-winning author of ten titles. She grew up in the small fishing village of Stonington, Connecticut. A longtime student of philosophy, nature and art, these themes permeate her work. In her writing, Browning explores the confluence of the natural landscape and the interior landscape. A proud native of New England, she travels often throughout the region using her photography, drawing, and writing to explore the ecological and cultural identity of the Northeast.
In 2010, she debuted with a three-title contemplative poetry series: Ruminations at Twilight, Oak Wise, and The Barren Plain. These three books went on to garner several accolades including a total of 3 pushcart-prize nominations and the Nautilus Gold Medal for Poetry in 2013. She followed this success with, Fleeting Moments of Fierce Clarity: Journal of a New England Poet, which was named a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Balancing her passion for writing with her love of learning, Leslie sits on the Board of the Art’s Cafe Mystic, a poetic art’s venue that has run for 17 years in Mystic, Connecticut and has featured authors who are Poets Laureate of the U.S. and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and MacArthur “Genius Award.” She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Independent Book Publisher’s Association. With over 3,000 members, IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the U.S. She is a graduate of the University of London and a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers. She is Partner at Hiraeth Press; Co-Founder of Written River: An Anthology of Eco-Poetics as well as Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Wayfarer. In 2011, Browning opened Homebound Publications and in 2015 went on to establish Owl House Books as an imprint of Homebound Publications devoted to genre fiction. She is currently working to complete an L.B.A. in Liberal Arts with a focus of Creative Writing and Journalism at Harvard University’s Extension School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In addition to her career as a publisher, Browning is an accomplished freelancer for Rhode Island Monthly, Coastal Connecticut Magazine, and New Haven Magazine. Through her column “Reimagining the Possible” in The Wayfarer, she has interviewed such notable figures as Academy Award-Nominated filmmaker Tomm Moore, Peabody-winning host of On Being Krist Tippett, Emmy-winning Filmmaker Alan Cooke, and Sandy Hook mother Nelba Márquez-Greene.
To learn more go to www.lmbrowning.com