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Like deep breaths drawn effortlessly in, the poems and images of Insistent Grace are satisfying to the core. Filled with the aromas of salt fog, summer grass, redwood creeks, eucalyptus, and bay, they weave together the human and the more-than-human worlds.
‘In the time of global pandemic and climate crisis, Elizabeth Herron evokes Mother Nature’s insistent grace – a power that compels respect and can help us heal ourselves and our planet – if we are resolute.’ ~Awiakta, poet and author of Selu, the Wisdom of the Corn Mother.
‘…It’s a stunning intersection—buzzing with things I’d almost forgotten and others that were realized only on reading Elizabeth Herron’s words…..“We are always reinventing the world,” she writes. The ripples from these poems carry that power—and reinvent the reader as well.’
~Arthur Dawson, poet, writer, editor and historical ecologist, author of Where the World Begins: Sonoma Mountain Stories and Images.
Elizabeth Herron is the author of four poetry chapbooks and a previous collection of poems, Desire Being Full of Distance, as well as a collection of short fiction. Her poems and articles have appeared in Parabola, Orion, Center for Humans and Nature, Reflections, Free State and Columbia Review. Grants and awards sustaining her work have come from the Foundation for Deep Ecology, The Mesa Refuge for Writers, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Known for her collaborative performances with musicians and movement artists, her book-length poem, The Poet’s House, was written to accompany Bruce Johnson’s Poetry House sculpture. She writes articles centered on art and ecology, imagination and empathy, and the importance of nature in our physical and spiritual well-being. She has been focused on climate since 2003 when the Society for Conservation Biology announced global warming as the greatest threat to all species.