Tangled in Vow & Beseech


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Moonpath Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.22 inches | 0.32 pounds

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About the Author

Jill McCabe Johnson's first poetry collection, Diary of the One Swelling Sea (MoonPath, 2013), won the Nautilus Silver Award in Poetry. Much of her second poetry book, Revolutions We'd Hoped We'd Outgrown (Finishing Line, 2016), was written as Johnson trekked across France prior to and during the 2015 Daesh attacks on Paris, and explores the personal and political upheavals we all face. Borderlines, a nonfiction chapbook, was published by Sweet Publications in 2016. As series editor for the University of Nebraska Gender Programs, Johnson has edited the anthologies Becoming: What Makes a Woman (2012), and Being: What Makes a Man (2015), exploring voices across the spectrum of gender expression. Honors include an Artist Trust grant, an Academy of American Poets Award, the Mari Sandoz Prairie Schooner Prize in Fiction, plus the Deborah Tall Memorial Fellowship from Pacific Lutheran University, where she completed her MFA in Creative Writing, and the Louise Van Sickle Fellowship in Poetry from the University of Nebraska, where she received her PhD in English. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Brevity, Defunct, Harpur Palate, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Southeast Review, and The Los Angeles Review. Johnson is the founding director of Artsmith, a non-profit to support the arts, providing artist residencies, workshops, and retreats where she lives with her husband in the San Juan Islands.
Julene Tripp Weaver, a writer, retiring psychotherapist, and herbalist, follows the Wise Woman Tradition in Seattle where she resideswith her life partner and their many books.


Tangled in Vow & Beseech vows to remember what we lose and beseeches us to embrace every moment. Throughout, McCabe Johnson writes intimately about family, nature, and animals, while also protesting the violences of religion, patriarchy, and racism. The lyricism of these poems carries the speaker into the "clear slipstream of memory" to "river me home. River me home."

-Craig Santos Perez, author of from incorporated territory [åmot], winner of the National Book Award for Poetry

Through an array of poetic forms, Jill McCabe Johnson explores a deep sense of interconnectedness. These lyric tangles help us grapple with a life where the ugliest abuses of person and planet occur alongside a mother's love for her son, the grace of childhood innocence, the anniversary of a first kiss, and the understanding that "in this land" of "dogwood blossom, swordfern and fen" is "everything" we need to "believe."

-Derek Sheffield, author of Not for Luck, co-editor of Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry, and Poetry Editor of Terrain.org