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How Trees Must Feel
A Poetry Collection
Chris Longenecker

"Exploring the terrain of family stories and observational happenstance, Longenecker's astute and witty eye captures the essence of a moment and offers it with a keen perspective that is at once wise and wry." Dana Savage, Lancaster Online (an edition of Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era)

Summary: Aiming to write for these who tell her “I don’t like poetry, but I like what you write,” Longenecker seeks to create poems that are textually accessible and often traditional in form yet (as her title poem signals)  use the ordinary to convey the extraordinary.

“Chris Longenecker’s poems often gaze upwards but are rooted firmly below, as earthy as damp loam, as fresh as a spring tendril.” —John C. Rohrkemper, Associate Professor of English, Elizabethtown College

“Chris takes the happenings of a common day, a conversation with a lover, a family gathering, and winds them into a framework that, like Georgia O’Keefe’s magnified flowers, helps us really see these moments—which, without poets or artists, might slip by unnoticed. She surreptitiously, by way of trees, lilies, and socks on the floor, nudges us to lean into life and love.” —Pamela Dintaman, contemplative pastor, chaplain, and Yuma, Arizona, desert dweller

“The topographical and familial references in the Longenecker landscape can have a cheerfully domestic effect. Across the same scene, however, can flit shadows dark enough for the taste of readers with existential (if hopeful) anxiety. There is always emotional paradox. Beneath a wrapping of self-deprecating irreverence can lurk an offering of worship.” —John L. Ruth, Author, The Earth Is the Lord’s: A Narrative History of Lancaster Mennonite Conference, in the Foreword

Market: Longenecker’s poetry should appeal to all readers who appreciate poetry that is both accessible and subtextually profound, who care deeply about the natural world (not least trees) and how we touch the heavenly in the ordinary.

Shelving: Poetry—of trees, nature, spirituality; Anabaptist-Mennonite literature; questions facing any ordinary, upstanding Christian.

The Author: Fascinated by language, particularly the metaphor, Chris Longenecker, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has memorized, studied, and practiced writing poetry most of her life. Whether love of trees or love of poetry came first for Chris would be impossible to say.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House LLC
Imprint: DreamSeeker Books
Copublisher: None
Publication date: June 1, 2011
Approximate Pages: 98
Tentative Format: 5.5 x 8.5" trade paper
Prices: $12.95 US/Can. ISBN 13: 978-1-931038-87-4; ISBN 10: 1-931038-87-2

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