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Red Lanterns is a collection of poetry that navigates the seen and the spirit worlds. Some things lay beyond the realm of the rational mind, some places that appear empty may not be, and some things remain wild, secret, and intangible. For example, humans possess senses beyond our primary ones, with which we experience the seen and felt world, and these are not simply the sixth sense of intuition but also a sense of time, sense of responsibility, sense of being watched, sense of place, and so on. These poems look at the place where the mysterious joins with the explicable. They are about connections — human to human, human to land, human to animal, animal to animal, heart to heart. Many of the poems can be called love poems, love being one of our most primal connections. There is also a thread of ferocity that runs through this work. This ferocity is in seeing disconnection and fighting to restore connectivity. More than anything the book is a manifesto to protect all connections that allow us to be creatures of spirit as much as creatures of the body.
Published by Iris Press, April 2021.