“Earthward” a poetry book by Maureen Eppstein

“Earthward” a poetry book by Maureen Eppstein

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A poetry collection by Mendocino resident and published local poet, Maureen Epstein, this group of poems is routed in the natural world of the Mendocino Coast as a backdrop for her own internal monologue. Jonathan Pazer, Mendocino photographer and poet.

Gathered to honor the memory of a poet friend who battled multiple sclerosis for forty-five years, the poems in this chapbook explore the cyclical patterns of life.

Reviews of Earthward
”What captivates me about Earthward is the way Maureen Eppstein transforms ordinary landscapes into miraculous acts of affirmation. Turning compost becomes an opportunity to ponder death and resurrection, braiding garlic reminds us of the ‘pleasure taken in braiding the hair of the beloved’. This is poetry of quiet lyrical depth, that reconnects us with land and spirit. Earthward invites us to stand deeply rooted in each moment, "in awe and wild surmise at all this human brain can not yet comprehend.”
–Devreaux Baker, author of Red Willow People

”In Earthward, Maureen Eppstein unites what would break us with what will bring us back to life. The wild ones, like us, must eat, and so kill. Lost sisters are mourned by proxy. Some things we love are transplanted and transplanted again, surviving and sometimes thriving. The tenacity Eppstein describes is the foundation of our lives. There are those who say that to write about the extraordinary one must look lovingly at the ordinary. Eppstein knows where, and how, to look.
–Camille T. Dungy, author of Smith Blue

About the Author 

Maureen Eppstein has three poetry collections: Earthward, Rogue Wave at Glass Beach and Quickening. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and has been featured in a university geology course and a National Audubon Society report. A former executive director of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, she has run a poetry reading series and taught poetry at the college level. Originally from Aotearoa New Zealand, she immigrated to the United States in 1967 and now lives on the Mendocino Coast of California.


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