Publications by students and colleagues:
An Address in Amsterdam by Mary Fillmore. Mary Fillmore was ahead of her time when she realized that this story is hers and everyone’s story. She has given thirteen years to writing An Address in Amsterdam, and she has also given her life. This act of witnessing and great courage offers us sanctuary. We will never forget these characters because there is no curtain between them and us in the tiny room where we hide together. Skillfully drawn, complex, unique, true, we know these people as we know ourselves as we search for all the possible ways to survive the rising blood tide of brutality, violence and death. These times demand ethical scrutiny; and the question that Fillmore asked herself, that her characters asked, that the Dutch asked, is the question we must each ask ourselves: collude, collaborate or resist? Fillmore challenges us and sustains us simultaneously. She is unflinching in her writing but also helps us bear what we must by being true to the insistent life force, to love, beauty, snowdrops and herons that accompany the most extreme ordeals.
Not From Here by Allan G. Johnson. This is not only an exquisitely crafted memoir of a son seeking a place for his father’s ashes. This is not only an exploration of the right relationship between the living and the dead, the ethical and emotional responsibilities we have to each other. This is also a heartbreaking and exact investigation of the ways our ancestors call us into the vortex of history, demanding that we confront and respond to the deeds done, the harm wreaked on the land and the Native people who were here before us. How we bury our dead requires us also to unearth the harm done and to bring healing to the line that must recognize and include all our relations. A profound text from a beautiful soul.
[Allan G. Johnson and Nora Jamieson – Deranged – emerge as the literary couple of the year! And I have the privilege of knowing and loving them both and celebrating their remarkable and distinct work.]
Kids in the Wind wryly challenges the pervading notion that adults are smarter, more complex and more interesting than kids. Wethern’s characters, though young, are smart, original, audacious and complex. Who knew childhood could be so true, so entirely engaging and so wise. You gotta love these kids. You gotta love this book. You won’t put the book down until you’ve lived it through from cover to cover. Storyteller, Brad Wethern is a master.
Deranged, Nora Jamieson, Weeping Coyote Press
In this terrible, gleaming, penetrating work, we learn what it is to be animal again, and so to be fully human. Nora Jamieson¹s true and remarkable voice is so old and so aligned with the old, old ways, it is startlingly new… This IS the Literature of Restoration – Please buy this book and circulate it – so the new, old beauty and knowing can re-enter the world.
Communion: In Praise of the Sacred Earth, Carolyn Brigit Flynn, White Cloud Press
These daring, luminous poems move from one moment into the dynamic of eternity.
Going to Water: The Journal of Beginning Rain, Stan Rushworth, Talking Leaves Press
I have never been so profoundly affected by a book. It is an essential text. This is a stunning book in all meanings of the word – its beauty, heartbreak, terrible truth telling and illumination. Read it. Treasure it. Live accordingly.
The SpiritLife of Birds, Maia’s remarkable book.
The work of a true poet who I have known for years. Please send $18 to Askew P.O. #559, Ventura CA 93002
to cover the cost of the book and postage.
Donny and Ursula Save the World, Sharon Weil, Passing 4 Normal Press
A most effective medicine for desperate times.
Book of Blue, Shirley Graham, Black Moss Press, Canada
This collection is brilliant as in shining, and lucid as in clear down to the soul.
The Book of Madness and Cures, Regina O’Melveny, Little Brown and Co.
True magic and enchantment in every line.
The Dream Matrix, by Nancy Myers
Speaks of what can happen at one of the Intensives Deena leads or in the Circles that have gathered here in Topanga. It reveals the great mystery of this life as it can be known through dreaming and attention to the ways Spirit moves in our lives, if we listen. If you are at all interested in crossing the edge into the consciousness that is calling us, read The Dream Matrix and then join us. Click here to purchase.