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So Ecstasy Can Find You by Elizabeth Cunningham

Cunningham_FrontCover_smIn her third collection of poems, novelist Elizabeth Cunningham leads us on an intimate journey into forest and mountain, garden and dream, along a hidden stream bed and beside a friend’s deathbed. She also explores poetic form, drawing inspiration from ghazal, haiku, tanka, and song lyric. Eye and ear are equally important to Cunningham; her images are rich, her rhythms, sure. By turns wry and tender, awed and amused, the collection displays the emotional range of a writer whose questions have led her on a quest, whether it is following blue trail markers along a cliff or confronting her own aging and death. These poems are grounded (literally and figuratively) in Cunningham’s ecstatic connection with the earth in all its strength, fragility and mystery.

Praise for So Ecstasy Can Find You

“This luminous book of meditations on finding ecstasy brings us into the still spaces where inner and outer landscapes converge. Elizabeth Cunningham’s grace-filled words deftly transform the mundane into the sublime. With senses wide open, she invites a deep, rich exploration of the natural world and of what it means to fully engage in life.”

—Cristina Eisenberg, ecologist and author of The Carnivore Way and The Wolf’s Tooth

“With a wise perspective and an eloquent voice, Elizabeth Cunningham probes the underpinnings of the cycles of nature and the spiritual dimensions of the ordinary and the everyday within the grander universe. She finds ecstasy in mindfulness and in the moments of her own self-confrontations and discoveries. This quiet but powerful and masterfully written book needs to be on your bedside table, to be read and re-read, to be savored, one enlightening poem after another.”

—Mary Swander, Poet Laureate of Iowa, author of The Girls on the Roof

“One of Elizabeth Cunningham’s poems declares, ‘It’s all poetry.’ And wherever she looks, she finds it, as well as the perfect images and phrases that allow us to share her vision of how all the world is a poem of beauty, meaning, and mystery. When you step into one of Cunningham’s poems, you understand this. And wonderfully, you too begin to see everything as poetry.”

—Tom Cowan, author ofFire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit and Yearning for the Wind: Celtic Reflections on Nature and the Soul

“Elizabeth Cunningham’s collection, So Ecstasy Can Find You shows a poet in the maturity of her art. She’s mastered her craft and knows enough of life to tell us important messages about it. And beautifully told they are. With spare and subtle rhymes and interweaving sounds, she explores life, love, art, and death. At the core of these poems, in spite of the suffering and ecstasy of living and dying, lives a deep and profound stillness.”

—Judith Roche, winner of the American Book Award and author of four books of poetry

“Poetry can be a potent portal of transcendence for both the reader and the poet. Cunningham’s So Ecstasy Can Find You is a trance dance landscape of deep emotion and reflection.  The rocky crags and crevasses of life reveal the infinite variety of mortality.   The still, moonlit ponds and snow-covered fields offer soft subtle glimpses of the Divine.”

—J. K. McDowell author of Night, Mystery & Light

Format: Paperback | ISBN 978-0-9889430-5-6 | 102 pages
Other Formats: Kindle

Price: $16.95
 
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