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Her, Infinite
Sawnie Morris



First Book

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2016 • 101 pp. 6 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$15.00 Paperback, 978-1-936970-41-4



Her, Infinite performs a metaphysical, yet-grounded-in-daily-life ceremony in which the magical properties of language meet with political action. The poems enact a healing, with the poet as note-taker and celebrant, making her way through a labyrinth that begins with community action, conceived in mythic terms, spirals though the intimacies of erotic love and friendship under environmental peril, and returns after a descent that involves self-confrontation as well as surrender to the invisible forces that guide our lives. The speaker in these poems takes the reader on a search for a worldview that can hold both beauty and terror, while singing in praise of creation.

Reviews / Endorsements



“A polyvocal, strident book of immense intelligence, Her, Infinite refuses the fatalistic disharmony between humans and nature. What issues forth in Sawnie Morris's innovative poems is a ceremony of tantalizing music, utterly practical and feminine. Her lines achieve a splendid naturalness that vegetates her own lively freedoms. Against both psychic and industrial defilement of our mountains and rivers, lagoons and mesas, hearts and minds, these poems are sacramental such that language is alluvial and explosive, recovering us back to our spiritual significance.”—Major Jackson

Awards/Recognition:

Winner of the New Issues Prize (2015)


SAWNIE MORRIS has been the recipient of a Poetry Society of America George Bogin Memorial Award and, for her chapbook in The Sound a Raven Makes (Tres Chicas Books, 2006), a co-winner of the New Mexico Book Award. Her writing about poetry and poets has won a Texas PEN Literary Award and has appeared in Kenyon Review, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and the Boston Review. She is a co-founder of Amigos Bravos: Because Water Matters, a non-profit advocacy organization for the waters of New Mexico, and she is a frequent contributor and past Book Review & Essay Editor for Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art. Sawnie lives in northern New Mexico with her husband, the artist and environmental activist Brian Shields. Her, Infinite was a finalist for fifteen national contests prior to selection for the New Issues Poetry Award.



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