Surrender of Water in Hidden Places - Subhaga Crystal Bacon
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This collection was written as part of two Artist-in-Residence programs co-sponsored by the Icicle Fund and Methow Arts Alliance to celebrate the conservation, history, and art of environmentally unique regions fed by the Methow and Wenatchee watersheds of north central Washington. They run through the historic homeland of indigenous people from the P'sqosa/Wenatchi, and Methow tribes. The mighty Columbia River was dammed displacing many tribal communities to make way for agriculture and settlement. The Methow River is home to a series of plaques featuring poems by William Stafford commissioned by the forest service in 1993, and the poems from the Methow River section often reflect Stafford's. The poems in this collection invite us to live in harmony with the life they spawn in spite of environmental change.
These are elegant meditations on two rivers and their watersheds, the Methow and the Wenatchee, informed by and appreciative of William Stafford's river poems, and trustworthy in their own intimate knowledge of these waters, hidden landscapes and histories. The speaker is attentive, listening, egoless, giving voice to water, calling living things by their names. Subhaga Crystal Bacon creates a sacred space inside these pages where we can surrender to beauty.
--Kathleen Flenniken, author of Plume and Post Romantic
Surrender of Water in Hidden Places by Subhaga Crystal Bacon lingers under Lodgepole Pines long enough to notice: "The understoryis lush green leaves of maples/ so close to the bank, they must be under water/ in early spring." Riverine meditations arelaid down with clarity and delicacy in this powerful collection of poems. In these lines are the currents of regard, close observation,and reverence that allow the poet to engage with the utterly singular beauties of the Methow, the Twisp, and the Wenatchee in waysthat honor the eternal complexities of these water ways.
--Laura Da', author of Tributaries and Instruments of True Measure
To love a place, to feel inspired to care for it, you first must know it. Surrender of Water offers us an intimate glimpse of Bacon's embraceof the Methow and Wenatchee River watersheds. Surrender of Water is more than a praise of place, it's an appeal for action."You, too, hold the directions in you," she tells the reader. "Open yourself. Pay attention to what calls you home."
--Ashley Lodato, Associate Director, Methow Conservancy
Copyright: Subhaga Crystal bacon (Standard Copyright License)
Publisher: Red Flag Poetry
Published: April 2023
Binding: Saddle Stitch
Interior Ink: Black & white text
Dimensions (inches): 8.5x5.5