Ruminations at Twilight
Poetry Exploring the Sacred
by L.M. Browning
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The cure for our modern maladies is dirt under the fingernails and the feel of thick grass between the toes. The cure for our listlessness is to be out within the invigorating wind. The cure for our uselessness is to take back up our stewardship; for it is not that there has been no work to be done, we simply have not been attending to it. –Excerpt from Ruminations at Twilight
Asserting that the sacred lives in what is ordinary and the Divine is found amongst the green of nature, the poems within Ruminations at Twilight bring a message of appreciation for the worth of what surrounds us. Relevant, insightful, candid and revealing, these verses give a unique perspective on the age-old questions. The story told takes place on an intimate scale yet at the same time a world-wide scale; for within this story of one individual’s realization and redemption we are told that of all humanity’s.
Praise for Ruminations at Twilight
“L.M. Browning’s powerful poetry embodies the archetypal spiritual journey of our times, from “confining doctrine,” through despair and doubt, into reverent reconnection with the mysteries of the blossoming world. Her impassioned words evoke our longing to unite with the Source that gave rise to the cosmos, the earth, and the depths of our hearts. This book is like holding the twilight in your hands: a luminous joining of the divine and the natural into a moment of sacred wonder!”
—Drew Dellinger, author of Love Letter to the Milky Way
“Ruminations at Twilight is a powerful cry of yearning for the sacred. These lines of poetry are Browning’s fearless entry into the global conversation; a heartfelt plea on behalf of the sacred Earth whose words run like rivers into the Great Watershed of the Earth’s dreaming. May her poetry inspire your own plunge into the currents.”
— Jason Kirkey, author of The Salmon in the Spring (*Winner of the 2010 IPPY Book Award’s Silver Medal)
“A few months back I had L.M. Browning’s Oak Wise to review, and I appreciated that collection. This volume quite simply blew me away. It follows the same themes of relationship with nature, and speaking to spirit, and there are moments that feel like prayer. The writing is beautiful, but in Ruminations, Browning has gained a sense of purpose and direction absent in the earlier work. There’s recognition of where the wrongs lie, and how to challenge them. I found the poetry affecting and inspiring, underpinned with a strong philosophy. This is not just a poetry book, it is a call to action, to self awareness and engagement with spirit.”
—Bryn Colvin, Reviewer at TDN
“L.M. Browning’s religious fervor reminds one of Emily Dickinson’s in its intensity and unorthodoxy: it bypasses dogma to reach the heart of the divine.”
—Rennie McQuilkin, author of The Weathering
“Ruminations at Twilight is not your average book of poetry, and L.M. Browning is not your average poet. Reading this book is like tugging on the loose string-end of the great ball of twine that is our human condition. One must be brave to take up such a journey. One must be willing to “see”. Browning sees knows, and offers a much-needed vision to the rest of us. These poems guide us through the terrain of the ‘common wound’ and carry us into a place of healing, anticipation and realization of the prospect of being our fullest selves in a torn world that needs us to be exactly that.”
— Frank Owen, Bodhiyatra Poetry
Format: Paperback | ISBN 978-1-938846-04-5 | 6 x 9 | 150 Pages | Poetry/Mysticism
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