by Lawrence Gregory
In his second published collection, poet Lawrence Gregory writes of the phenomena that both intrude upon and grace our lives. Hunger, devastation, the melting of icebergs, our daily engagement with uncertainty, and a “momentary pandemic.” Yet there is sunlight sifting through redwoods, falling snow, dozens of meadowlarks chanting their morning mantras, and best of all, the “chance to experience this life / at the speed of love.” Gregory reminds us that “there is no reset / the earth will keep on spinning,” and with certainty, we will encounter the next wave of phenomena.
POETRY / General
ISBN: 978-1-956056-80-8 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Copyright: 2023; released March 2023
Lawrence Gregory’s poems have appeared in literary reviews, journals, and other publications. His 2017 collection, Stretching Silver Through Blue Haze, a collaboration with his wife, the award-winning photographer Birgit Gutsche, was published by Shanti Arts (2017; Brunswick, Maine). They live in the rarefied air and revelatory light of northern New Mexico.
photo: Birgit Gutsche
“In this superb collection, Lawrence Gregory has come dancing into the light. The poems are full of eternal truths about nature, humanity, and finding peace amid the cacophony. Phenomenal.”
“Lawrence Gregory’s latest volume of poetry, Phenomena, reminds us again and again that the world and our lives are never ordinary, or to be taken for granted. Our lives are surrounded by scores of phenomena, if we only take the time to look. This collection pays close attention.”
“In Phenomena, Lawrence Gregory threads urgent themes of conflict and fear with a longing for love and the comfort of home by daring the reader to ‘imagine a better future.’ His visceral and restrained image sculpting evokes a not-so-quiet nostalgia for a natural and political landscape that no longer exists. I felt a restlessness reading these beautiful poems and also a gratitude for the beautiful physical world that is still there, just over the horizon, if we are prepared to leave our beds early enough to witness it.”
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