Maps of Injury


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$16.00  $14.88
Sundress Publications
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8.0 X 8.0 X 0.26 inches | 0.45 pounds
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"In Maps of Injury, Chera Hammons offers a steady wisdom born from a body and a land under siege. As the speaker confronts chronic illness and the land of the Texas panhandle weathers drought, we are assured that 'Someone will always teach us how to grieve.' And these poems do just that with subtle beauty and stunning revelations. Hammons' lyric narratives sing in the face of difficult times and remind us to 'let the dangerous world in.'" --Sandy Longhorn

"In these spare, honest, and deeply thoughtful poems, Chera Hammons exhibits an ecological imagination that blends self and ecosystem -- body and earth -- to reflect on trauma, struggle, and survival. Like Stafford or Jeffers, Hammons is a nature poet endowed with a tragic sense of life, a careful observer for whom every landscape is internal. She shares with the animal world -- the horse, the dog, the deer -- a deep sympathy grounded in a common sorrow. 'With every breath, then, let the dangerous world in, ' she writes, which is exactly what this book does, presenting a place and a self that are both wide open and yet are anything but vacant." --Benjamin Myers

"How thankful I am for the integrity of poems so attentive to mixtures of beauty and damage! Miraculously, the necessary charting of loss never feels like a self-centered act, but a gesture spiraling outward, a reason to connect. As unsparing as her dry Texas environment, the poet notes how horses walk 'calmly as nuns, ' trusting they'll be fed in winter, how wells fill from 'lakes that were buried alive.' How the pelvic bone of a deer presents a tripping hazard, how empty the country is--and how full. I was moved and helped by these lyrics' canny tenderness, a faithfulness that feels devotional: 'Even while you think you can't go on, the day carries you.'" --Jan Clausen