I went to bed, no package for me at the front door. Next morning I leave to go to work quite early, before the postman delivers, and there is a package at my front door. Hm, what is going on, I thought, that wasn’t there last night. Whoever made the early morning delivery perhaps lived in the area, I’m not sure. I do know it was a great feeling to receive two books before I went to work! Many thanks to Rebecca Foust for providing me with copies of God, Seed and All that Gorgeous Pitiless Song.
God, Seed is a book of environmental poetry with art by local artist Lorna Stevens. Susan Terris writes, “God, Seed is lyrical, intense, and concerned with issues of our planet’s survival. Foust has a fierce yet loving attitude towards nature and human nature. Many of Foust’s luminous, insightful poems are paired with paintings by gifted artist Lorna Stevens. This is a book to read and treasure.”
Artist William Wiley writes, “God, Seed, a beautiful mix of words and images…light and deep. Good for the eye, mind and heart.”
“Spring is springing as I experience what the author and artist have given me and I am moved to recollect, in tranquility, as the poet said, all the infinite gifts I’ve received and might yet find in the glorious world, both human and otherwise. Rebecca Foust and Lorna Stevens are to be congratulated and profoundly thanked. Made my day. So, thanks, and more thanks.”
William Kittredge, author of Hole in the Sky, The Willow Field, and Owning It All and producer of A River Runs Through It.
All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song
“All That Gorgeous, Pitiless Song brims with amplitude and vitality. By virtue of her unsentimental warmth of spirit, Foust brings to life an immense range of experience and feeling. This poet’s emotional intelligence correlates, too, with her formal skill, that unique talent for phrase and rhythm with which she makes a whole world palpable, from the hugest events that mark a life to those moments as subtle as ‘some nuance you knew once like breath.’ Rebecca Foust is a superb poet, and All That Gorgeous, Pitiless Song is a tremendous book.” –Peter Campion
“Rebecca Foust moves us with passion and intelligence as she broods over what ‘divides false / from true.’ Her voice, attuned to beauty and hope though often engaged with the hard news of life, startles in its honest, unstinting inventiveness. She writes of generations, of hardscrabble origins, of striving against odds, of motherhood, nature, intimate triumphs and woes. This is poetry of the greatest promise, a book not to be missed.” –Barry Spacks
ATGPS won the 2008 MMM Book Prize and will be released at AWP in April 2010. About this book Susan Griffin has written, “I find the poems astonishingly strong and beautiful. It’s not common for me to find an unpublished collection of poems as good as this one.”