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One Small Sun / Paulann Petersen

One Small Sun

By: Paulann Petersen

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One Small Sun takes readers from a fur shop in Oregon to a Hyderabadi shrine in India’s subcontinent. Its pages contain a meditation on post-mortem photographs, an ode to the female earwig, an elegy for a grandmother’s panache. Tapping deeply into memory, relying on poetry’s ability to bring alive again what is coded into the blood, these poems ultimately form an arc of an aging woman’s life. This collect...
ISBN 978-1-912561-48-3
Pub Date Thursday, March 28, 2019
Cover Image “Happy Insomniac Moon” by Josie Gray
Page Count 122
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One Small Sun takes readers from a fur shop in Oregon to a Hyderabadi shrine in India’s subcontinent. Its pages contain a meditation on post-mortem photographs, an ode to the female earwig, an elegy for a grandmother’s panache. Tapping deeply into memory, relying on poetry’s ability to bring alive again what is coded into the blood, these poems ultimately form an arc of an aging woman’s life. This collection tells the tales of what she has always realized, is ever learning, but—only through poetry’s vehicle—can truly know.

Previous praise for Paulann Petersen’s poetry:

These are the poems of an enraptured heart and mind, of clear eyes and ears doing the soul’s seeing and hearing. They vividly prove the unchanged function and relevance of poetry: to crystallize unsayable, nonverbal inner states, and to sanctify every world it touches.
Li-Young Lee

Permeated with vision and spirit, …Paulann Petersen, nee Paulann Whitman, lives the life poetry invites us to find—deftly weaving tendrils of earth and mind into a precisely elegant terrain. These poems are large and loving enough for every-one to feel at home in.
Naomi Shihab Nye

For Paulann Petersen, heartbeat and breath provide the rhythm for both living and writing….[she] wishes to mark the way to the kind of living her several proper themes reiterate: walk with open hands, carry the amulets that memori-alize where you have been and point to where you need to go, trust the sense of the senses coded in the blood….
Erik Muller
from Durable Goods, Appreciations of Oregon Poets

Paulann Petersen

Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, has six previous full-length books of poetry. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, Notre Dame Review, Wilderness Magazine, and the internet’s Poetry Daily. The Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds chose a poem from her book The Voluptuary as the lyric for a new choral composition that’s now part of the repertoire of the Choir at Trinity College, Cambridge. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and the recipient of the 2006 Holbrook Award from Oregon Literary Arts. In 2013 she received Willamette Writers’ Distinguished Northwest Writer Award. 



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