Words and Other Tyrants the new poetry collection from Jeanie Mortensen of Ludington, Michigan.
Jack Ridl, author of Losing Season, Practicing to Walk Like a Heron, and Saint Peter and the Goldfinch writes of Words and Other Tyrants: “Mortensen surprises us with unusual combinations of images, unexpected choices of language, and a voice that is calm under any circumstance. Rarely do I read a collection without pause. Here I did. I needed these poems and would confidently say that such would be true for most anyone. These heart-healing poems reclaim attentive imagination, what Wallace Stevens called the “Necessary Angel.” We can feel our hearts strengthen because Jeanie Mortensen has created her loving manifestation of that Necessary Angel.”
Robert Haight, author of Emergences, Spinner Falls, and Feeding Wild Birds, says: “Moving from the lingering presences of memory to the richness of landscapes in each moment of the seasons, Jeanie Mortensen guides readers through time and place with words and images that are as intricate and various as the world she describes. These are poems to return to often for both comfort and delight.”
Words and Other Tyrants is available for $12, both online and via mail from:
The Orchard Street Press
P.O. Box 280
Gates Mills, Ohio 44040