My latest book, Turn Around Time, is a book-length poem graced by Justin Gibbens' fine illustrations and published by Mountaineers Books.
"Turn around time" is a mountaineering term for that pre-designated clock moment when, no matter what--and with a view toward peril--climbers begin their return to base camp. Figuratively speaking, it refers to a pivotal possibility in our lives--that of personal transformation, of a return to sources after decades of outward travel.
Turn Around Time, in a sense, happened to me over the course of two weeks. The music of the poem began to play inside my head, and I rode along on its propulsive rhythm happily to the end. It's a journey through quintessential and iconic Northwest mountain landscapes--the poetry of an inveterate hiker and climber who returns to the same trails, river valleys, and peaks year after year. It offers a poetic take on the qualities of foot travel and of, among other things, fauna, fungi, flora, and fellow travelers.
I feel a great enthusiasm for Turn Around Time, and will be sharing it happily with readers this fall of 2019.
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