Friday, December 5, 2014


In Soundings, Emily Hancock has created an elegant, lovingly-made work of art. Emily crafted the poems, carved linoleum prints, set the letterpress, and hand-bound the book. Thank you to Emily for allowing me to share these poems and thank you to my daughters for taking these photos!

after snow, warm wind
and from each eave
the steady
heartbeat of ice

sundown in pine woods ~
on and on it burns
an ember in a grate

when the tide
comes in,
no argument
is strong enough

ash petals tumble,
turn to dust
against stone ~
fire's brief flowers

You can read more about Soundings at St Brigid Press.

The Poetry Friday round-up is at BookTalking.


Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Gorgeous! I love the sparing use of words and all the space to give our thoughts room to breathe.

Diane Mayr said...

These are lovely! And what a impressive total package. Thanks for sharing it.

LInda Baie said...

Beautiful, Tabatha. She must be very pleased with this lovely book. I love that 'steady heartbeat of ice'. Thank you!

jama said...

What a very special treasure! She did a beautiful job of presenting her luminous words with her art. Especially love "fire's brief flowers." :)

Irene Latham said...

The steady heartbeat of ice. BEAUTIFUL. thanks for sharing, and happy Poetry Friday, my friend.xo

Anastasia Suen said...

What a gorgeous book! Thanks for sharing it!

Tara Smith said...

That is a beautiful volume of beautiful poetry, Tabatha - a real treasure.

Mary Lee said...

Wow. My fingers are just itching to hold that book and feel the texture of the pages. -- it seems like the feel would be as evocative as the words. Lovely.

Kortney said...

This is just amazing..the spare lines, the handmade papers.

Thank you so much for sharing this lovely work.

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Oh, I wish that Waynesboro was just a little closer...and now I want to make a book with my own hands too. Hmm. Maybe I will...I was noodling a calligraphy poem just this week...

Thanks, Tabatha--how did you come to find this book?

Carol said...

Reading these poems makes me want to create a book like this- so very beautiful!