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Nooksack: Poems and Prose Paperback – December 3, 2016
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Rick Hermann is the author of two previous books: "The Bright World of Dandelion Court" and "Parkinson's Dreams about Me: My Dance with the Shaking Palsy". He was born in St. Maries, Idaho, and has lived in Southern California; Atlanta, Georgia; and Seattle, Index, and Clinton, Washington. He moved to Whatcom County in 1987 with his wife Lee Willis, where they raised their son, Eli Hermann, in the city of subdued excitement.
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There are reasons
to live, she tells me.
to stay alive.
So he had me at page one. From there I read on, finding many "reasons to stay alive." These included numerous moments of a kind of poetic mindfulness as Hermann asks to think of December as an opportunity to be "engulfed in dark rains / to discover Earth's / still point," to consider what moments in our lives may be thought of as "practice" for dying, and to join him in a celebration and rethinking of the ordinary phenomena that surround us, including rain, fences, windows and geese that sleep "motionless as cabbages" and who fly in a V formation as if to provide "a herbal of some distant victory, or the inverted direction to heaven."
I found myself staying up much later than I had planned, reading still another poem, and then another.