“Horizon Line” a poetry book by Maureen Eppstein

“Horizon Line” a poetry book by Maureen Eppstein

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In poems as lithe, shrewd and unified as shoreline plovers, Maureen Eppstein moves from a girlhood in New Zealand to an aging wise woman on California’s north coast. Contemplating the complexities and beauties of migrating, she paints tender portraits of the whales, swallows, foxes, frogs of her chosen home and allies herself with a snow goose, “at the tail end of a line of birds/ who tolerate our strangeness.” In Horizon Line, this entwining strangeness is the poet’s artistry, her gift.  ~Kathleen McClung, author of The Typists Play Monopoly

With keen eyes on the horizons of memory, Maureen Eppstein brings us the essentials of “music at the daylight’s edge.” Each poem is a world of its own, taken in by a mother, a friend, an observer who has witnessed the losses alongside the gifts – the gray whales, the clock, the “subtle tug” of a fish, felt for decades. The power of these poems lies in their smallest details, which reveal a lingering “ecstasy of urgent light.” ~Maya Khosla, author of All the Fires of Wind and Light.

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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