TOURISTS IN THE KNOWN WORLD: NEW & SELECTED POEMS
Published March 2017
"To really live in this world, you should love this world, celebrate it, sing about it, know the wind, the sky, the songs of the birds, know your own heart. Birds fly through these poems, poems by a woman who knows her world, knows her heart. She says, 'I mark my life with birds," "This is life in motion"—and we move with her, happy to follow wherever she wants to take us."
--Gary Lawless, author of CARIBOU PLANET
"TOURISTS IN THE KNOWN WORLD is cause for celebration. This richly satisfying collection has it all: alert clarity, reverence, an unflinching eye, and achingly matter-of-fact levity. Her work has a powerful sense of place and an emotional honesty that lights these well-crafted poems like a lantern... I love these poems—so clear-eyed and artful. Go ahead, be a tourist, visit her poetic world. You'll be glad you did."
--Dave Morrison, author of CLUBLAND and PSALMS
"Kristen Lindquist responds to the provocations of memory and desire with spirit and grace. Her poems are tuned to the seasons, to birds and their songs, to the heavens and the ground beneath her bare feet. She partakes of the natural world, conjuring mink frogs and the god of sea ducks. These poems are also about places—Chinatown, Monhegan, the gym—and about moonlight, black holes, and the Embers of Vesuvius. Be taken in."
--Carl Little, author of OCEAN DRINKER
Cover image: Full Moon over Lime and Lasell, by Maine artist Anneli Skaar. Used by permission.
** Here's a great review of the book by Dana Wilde in the KENNEBEC JOURNAL/MORNING SENTINEL, posted 4.6.17.
AVAILABLE NOW directly from me (see below) or from these fine independent bookstores:
Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick, ME
Left Bank Books, Belfast, ME
Owl & Turtle Bookshop Cafe, Camden, ME
MainStreet BookEnds of Warner, Warner, NH
Barnswallow Books, Rockport, ME
Hello Hello Books, Rockland, ME
Black Duck Emporium, Monhegan, ME
Lupine Gallery, Monhegan, ME
Blue Hill Books, Blue Hill, ME
Sherman's Books & Stationery, Camden, Damariscotta, Bar Harbor, Freeport, Boothbay Harbor, and Portland, ME
The Sea Star Shop, Port Clyde, ME
Leaf & Anna, Brooklin, ME
TRANSPORTATION, my first full-length poetry collection, was a finalist for the 2012 Maine Literary Award. Three poems from this book, including the title poem "Transportation," were read by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio's The Writer's Almanac. (See below.)
The title poem "Transportation" was also read on Maine Public Radio's program Poems from Here, hosted by Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum, on 20 October 2017.
"Like the crows that inhabit these lines, Kristen’s adept poems shimmer and soar. She describes the natural world and our human place inside it with the attention of prayer or plea. And then you turn the page, and she makes you laugh. This book leaves you full and glad to be alive."
--Elizabeth Tibbetts, author of the prize-winning In the Well
"Kristen Lindquist’s poems are not to be missed. Brisk but thoughtful, clear and inviting, they plunge us into the vulnerability of being human—and also into the rapturous joy of a human being at one with the all-sustaining metaphor of nature that still, somehow, manages to surround us and give us life."
--Kate Barnes, Maine's first Poet Laureate
"Kristen Lindquist’s poems are like a luminous field guide to the wildlife and mountain trails of Northern New England: she not only records vireo, blackpoll, tide shift and eon-layered rock face, but also shows us the fluidity between inner and outer worlds... Her attentiveness is indeed a kind of prayer."
--Betsy Sholl, prize-winning poet, former Maine Poet Laureate
Book cover image: Waterways in the Bay by Maine artist Eric Hopkins. Used by permission.
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TOURISTS IN THE KNOWN WORLD (Megunticook Press, 2017) - $16.00 + sales tax, shipping & handling = $22.00 (If purchasing more than three books, please contact me for revised shipping & handling cost.)
TRANSPORTATION (Megunticook Press, 2011) - So sorry, but this book is currently unavailable.
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