01 - Here at Least by B. Morrison May 16, 2008 21:38:29 GMT 2
Post by moira on May 16, 2008 21:38:29 GMT 2
Here at Least
This collection of poems, Here at Least, from B. Morrison reveals her journey of transformation. Standing on the threshold of a new life, she examines the past and the world around her for signs in her quest to recreate herself.
Pushing aside the veils of illusion and habit, B. Morrison takes a hard look around. Knowing what to discard becomes as important as discovering what to embrace. She explores the natural world, scouting for anything that might mark a path. She delves into her own past, as an archeologist might, to discover forgotten roads and highways abandoned half-built.
At the same time, she never loses sight of the friendships and fears that come with city life. As documented in these poems, she moves seamlessly from a cabin in the woods to an office in a high-rise. She travels the world, finding revelations in country after country. Calling herself a pilgrim, a pilot and an explorer, she lays aside all that is no longer of use and moves forward into the unknown.
The sound of the piano falls
through the night air, each note
chiming in the darkness.
I remember lying in the
low-ceilinged room, where
the darkness was truly dark,
listening to these notes echo
through the cabin in the woods,
set off, apart, each moment
calling me to be who I am.
Lying in the darkness more
alone than I have ever been,
listening to the rustle of the mouse
and outside the myriad sounds
of the wood that go on without me:
wings, an owl, a rabbit's cry.
I still haven't learned everything
from those weeks in the woods,
still carefully brushing the sand
away and reading faint inscriptions
with my fingers. Only now I
remember the night and that slow
moment of letting go as if I
were in a boat pushing off into
darkness, the breeze in my face
and the shore falling away behind.
About the author:
B. Morrison writes poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Here at Least, her
recent (2006) collection of poetry, is available from Cottey House
Press, and she has a technical book coming out later in 2008. The
award-winning writer lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and travels widely.
Most recently, her work has won first prize in both the nonfiction and
poetry categories in the 2008 Maryland Writers' Association Short
Works Contest. Information about upcoming appearances is available on
her website, www.bmorrison.com, where you will also find her Monday
morning book blog (www.bmorrison.com/blog).
ISBN 0-9789253-0-0, 80 pages, $13.00
Cottey House Press · November 2006
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