In June we announced the winner of the 2014 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize, Walker Abel for his collection, The Uncallused Hand. We will celebrate the release of this offering September 29, 2014! In the meantime, we’d like to offer you a glimpse with these two selections from the book.
Always I am feeling for you.
Small bird in leaves, my ear leaps.
Squirrel on limb and quick as a dancer
I’m on the verge where music breaks.
You are snow whose falling
lays bare rounded shapes of field.
On creek’s bottom, a pebble waits
till the toe of stepping heron turns it over.
Then the seeing side is up, and I wonder
how you ever hid amidst this water and light.
Before the lifted flower fades look at me.
Tell me again the story of your birth.
And since we’re crying
let’s lay my death down
in the green blankets of this vale.
I would overturn every stone to find
the one continuity that carries to tomorrow.
Your skin is all the earth has ever made.
And under the sky where we walk weightless
everything seems so true
as to empty the air of space
and leave only the look of you.
About the Author: Walker Abel lives in a remote home in the Yolla Bolly Mountains of northern California. As an undergraduate at University of California, Santa Cruz, in the mid-70’s, he participated in an environmental studies field program called Sierra Institute. Twelve years later, after completing a graduate program with ecopsychology pioneer Robert Greenway, he came back to teach for Sierra Institute, which he has done now for 26 years, while also taking on the role of director since 2003. Most of his poetry has been written in field journals while out on these academic programs, which are 9 weeks long and are entirely taught during a series of backpacking trips. It has not been unusual for Walker to teach three programs a year, amounting to a total of up to 6 months in the backcountry. One of his greatest joys is watching each new group of students open over time to the transformative influence of wilderness immersion. Walker has a 33 year old son (Stuart), who is also an ecopsychologist, backpacker, and nature-connection educator.
Poems by Walker Abel
Winner of the 2014 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize!
Release Date: September 29, 2014
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About the Book: This is poetry kindled by weeks in wilderness. Its muse is nature, which encompasses both the wild beauty of earth and the mystery of self and its sometimes erotic, sometimes mystical, relationship with the other. The poems are lyrical, tonal, evocative–enamored in a sensual way of being, but also drawn at times toward the counterpart of non-being. The palpable world of natural detail is brought forth, yet the poems also echo with nuance, innuendo, archetype, and both meditative as well as enraptured levels of realization.