Pulse and Weave

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Flowstone Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.19 inches | 0.28 pounds

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About the Author
Liz Nakazawa has edited two collections of poetry by Oregon poets: Deer Drink the Moon: Poems of Oregon and The Knotted Bond: Oregon Poets Speak of Their Sisters. Deer Drink the Moon was listed as one of 150 Books for 150 Years of Statehood, announced by the Oregon State Library and Poetry Northwest in 2009 (poetrynw.org/824) and was also a Best Pick of Powell's. Her own poems have appeared in The Timberline Review, The Poeming Pigeon, Willawa, Turn, Amythyst Review, Rock and Sling, Remington Review and ahundredgourds. She writes essays, takes photos, enjoys walking, swimming and choreographing dances, and is a practitioner of calligraphy in addition to writing poetry. She feels grateful to be living in this bounteous and wondrous world.

In part an homage to the natural world, Liz Nakazawa's first full-length poetry collection reveals its author as more than a keen observer of birds, clouds, trees, flowers, and bodies of water. Turning to the human heart, she suggests that it's our job to "hold others steady." Visiting a Japanese Garden in bad weather, the poet disciplines herself: "I imagine instead of fog / a sunny day / and then decide / no, I promise to love this brash rain." And immediately she turns to watch a koi as it "swims through branches" of a dogwood reflected in a pond. Nakazawa's poems are inhabited by the spirit of the best haiku in their sparse diction and exacting thought, the poet someone "no longer busking for love" but in love with the plenitudinous offerings of the world and with the way "benevolent negation / strengthens what remains."

-Andrea Hollander, Author of Blue Mistaken for Sky