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Poet Alison Hawthorne Deming: ‘Stairway to Heaven’

RiverRun Bookstore
142 Fleet St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
United States

Come to RiverRun tonight to hear Alison Hawthorne Deming read from her fifth book of poems, Stairway to Heaven (2016) in which she explores dimensions of grief and renewal after losing her brother and mother.

Grounded in a profound communion with nature and place, Demimg finds even in the stark landscape of Death Valley a spirit of inventiveness that animates the ground we walk on. From the cave art of Chauvet to the futuristic habitat of Biosphere 2, inventiveness becomes consolation for the bereaved person’s losses, a means to build again a sense of self and world when the worst of grief subsides.

Says Publisher’s Weekly: “Deming’s sophisticated yet accessible work is an ecopoetic disquisition and aphoristic guidebook, but most saliently, it is an imagist gem that is urgent and masterly in its evocation of place, liminality, and waking dreams.”