The Orchard Street Press is pleased to announce the release of Family Stories, the exceptional new collection of poems by Christine Holland Cummings of Menlo Park, California.
About Family Stories, Charlotte Muse, author of In Which I Forgive the River, writes: “Christine Holland Cummings’ poems are full of love for the living world; for dogs and bees, birds and water and growing things; for the earth itself…A clear-eyed attention, without vanity or self reference, shines through this book, the attention of a watcher who names what she sees with openness and a whole heart.”
Patrick Daly, author of Grief and Horses, observes: “She (Cummings) has the humility and the skill to let her heart speak, and the courage to look things in the eye….Her images stem from true joy in the world, and these poems—from all the darkness they do not shrink from—are a joy to read.”
And Elizabeth Chapman, author of Candlefish and Light Thickens, notes: Cummings can indeed “call spirits from the vasty deep,” and when she does that, we are confident that they will answer her: the native Washoe mothers, large-rooted trees, birds of all varieties, the speaker’s own relatives, and journeys. Deeply principles, never moralizing, this work encompasses multiple versions of family, and in so doing, draws the reader into its big heart.”
A poet, herbalist, and garden-tender, Christine Holland Cummings’ poems explore our connection to each other and to the more-than-human world. Her work has appeared in Iron Horse Literary Review, Blueline, Manzanita Quarterly, Hamilton Stone Review, The Sand Hill Review, Reckoning, Dark Matter: Women Witnessing, and Quiet Diamonds. Her poems have been anthologized in Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets (Tebot Back Press) and Our Lat Walk: Using Poetry for Grieving and Remembering Pets University Professors Press).
Family Stories is available for $14.00
(either online or via the mail), from:
The Orchard Street Press
P.O. Box 280
Gates Mills, Ohio 44040