The title of the work is Living in Nature, which is a collection of 24 poems about the close kinship Ruth Gooley feels with nature. The poems range in subject from the desert to the sea, with many featuring the Santa Monica mountains, where she currently lives. These poems are mostly reflections on nature, her moods, and her vital importance for our psyche.
“In Living in Nature, Ruth Gooley investigates “brooding over a scattering/of spring-fed hopes” (“Waiting for April”), creating sensual, vivid poems. She sings appealing, evocative songs, absorbed in waiting, watching, listening and exploring the rain, spiders, oak trees, falling leaves and so much more, inviting the reader to taste and see such earthly delights.”
~ Stanford J. Searl. Searl lives in Culver City, California and has published Quaker Poems: The Heart Opened and Homage to the Lady with the Dirty Feet and other Vermont Poems. His most recent book, Songs for Diana, a poetry chapbook, will be published by Kelsay Books in 2019.
“On the surface, Ruth Gooley’s nature poetry provides the opposite of Wordsworthian communion. Her alliterative, onomatopoetic, consonant-rich lines emphasize Nature’s asperities over its comforts. But no poet has so empathetically observed or energetically portrayed the faunal and floral life-force of these scrubby California vistas.”
~ I. Goldfarb, author of Commedia
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ruth Gooley has published many poems in journals such as Red Poppy Review, vox poetica, Your Daily Poem, Ibbetson Street Press, and NatureWriting. She also published her dissertation, The Image of the Kiss in Renaissance Poetry. She currently resides in a small cabin in the Santa Monica mountains, where she lives in harmony with nature and all things wild.
42 pages, 24 poems
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