Everywhere I Find Myself (WordTech Communications, Turning Point, Dec. 2017)
Drawing from a deep well of autobiographical and cross-cultural experience, Everywhere I Find Myself is a wide-ranging narrative journey of the heart.
“Leah Stenson’s Everywhere I Find Myself traverses the full range of human experience-what she calls the “terrible exquisiteness of being”-from the nuclear disaster at Fukushima to a friendly encounter with a cow; from the distractions of our devices to moments of deep tranquility; from a grandfather’s suicide to a daughter’s gift of a pair of pillowcases made from fine Egyptian cotton. By turns witty, playful, and deadly serious, these poems give readers one woman’s unflinchingly honest take on life’s beautiful, painful vicissitudes.”-John Brehm, author of Help Is on the Way and Sea of Faith
“In this engaging and satisfying first full-length collection of poems, Leah Stenson explores the tensions between mystery and understanding, and between estrangement and belonging. The world of these poems-ourworld-is simultaneously expansive and confining, and Stenson travels through it seeking connection. ‘Home / wasn’t far away,’ she tells us, ‘but the road never ended’.”-Andrea Hollander, author of Landscape with Female Figure, Woman in the Painting, The Other Life, and House Without a Dreamer
“Eternity can be heard in the stir of the breeze, in the vineyards, the whisper of prayer,” the poet writes in Everywhere I Find Myself. The poems explore love, memory and deep loss with equal verve. With an artist’s sharp eye for detail and a philosophical world view Leah Stenson is a savvy traveler. Her wry wit, compassionate heart and spirit infuse this vivid, engaging collection.”-Marilyn Stablein, author of Climate of Extremes, Splitting Hard Ground, and Sleeping in Caves
Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out
“USABookNews.com, the premier online magazine featuring mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of THE 2015 USA BEST BOOKS AWARDS on November 16, 2015. Over 400 winners and finalists were announced in over 100 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2013-2015.” (USABookNews.com) Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out was awarded as a finalist in the Social Change category.
Fairewinds Energy Education‘s Maggie Gundersen reviewed Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out. Here is an excerpt from her review:
This beautiful book of poetry opens with an explanation about the use of atomic power and the unfolding disaster of the triple meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi. It is an amazing collection of 50 poems in English followed by a separate section with the poems in the original Japanese. These are rich evocative poems, which is why we decided to feature this book now while Fairewinds chief engineer Arnie Gundersen is in Japan and traveling in the Prefecture (State) of Fukushima. Ms. Stenson’s experience of traveling through the exclusion zone with her husband and the poet Masayki Nemoto, who is now a nuclear refugee, echoes what Arnie is now witnessing first-hand in Fukushima Prefecture.
To read the full review, please visit the Fairewinds Energy Education website here.
A Summary of the Book:
Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out is a timely collection of poems, commentary, and essays about the first nuclear disaster of the 21st Century. These powerful poems by 50 Japanese poets address the accident that occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant on March 11, 2011.
The poems plead for restoration of the balance between humans and the environment, provide eloquent testimony to the consequences of breaking with tradition and the cycle of life, present prophetic visions of a nuclear future that has sadly come to pass, lament the loss of home and livelihood, portray the exploited and the exploiters of human life bound together in a hellish cycle of destruction, unveil the lies fed to the Japanese public, and decry how the nation was “brainwashed” into accepting nuclear power.
This anthology includes a preface by editor Leah Stenson and commentary by her co-editor, Asao Sarukawa Aroldi, as well as commentary by Hisao Suzuki and Jotaro Wakamatsu, both editors and contributors to the full-length work on which this abridged anthology is based—Farewell to Nuclear, Welcome to Renewable Energy: A Collection of Poems by 218 Poets (Tokyo: Coal Sack Publishing Company, 2012).
Reverberations from Fukushima also features essays by David Krieger, poet and founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and by Francesca Giovannini, nuclear policy expert and affiliate to the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University, and to the Managing the Atom (MTA) project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University.
This anthology will help readers gain a deeper understanding of the Fukushima nuclear disaster from a humanistic rather than technological or political perspective, while at the same time, enhancing their appreciation of contemporary Japanese poetry.
The Turquoise Bee and Other Love Poems is available from Finishing Line Press.