Today's poem is "The Garden"
from The Two Standards

Center for Literary Publishing

Heather Winterer received her MFA from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was a Schaeffer Fellow in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Hotel Amerika, American Poetry Review, Fence, and elsewhere. She teaches at Northern New Mexico College in Española.

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About The Two Standards:

"A post-modern translation of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises, the pilgrim presence in this fierce book graphs the temporal reality ‘where we are all visitors.’ Intermediating between the soul’s urge toward God and its equally strong urge toward the world, The Two Standards practices a via negativa, proliferating the space—textual and actual—where we become ‘another one and yet an other someone else.’ The sheer effort of belief permeating The Two Standards will dwell in readers long after the book is closed."
—Claudia Keelan

"Poverty and social injustice are not profound in themselves; they are impediments to welling a buoyancy, necessary in rising above grief. The poems of Winterer, a musketeer of the twenty-first century, call us to poetic self-possession. They call us to imaginative exercises, to explorations of dissent and submission, to explorations of practice and gratitude. Whether in an arboretum or a fishing boat, she would have us examine our firmaments and our foundations for considerations to our daily ‘unanvillings.’ They are a version of Dickinson in an actual desert landscape. In the glitter of bad angels, we enjoy a happy whispering.’"
—Scott Hightower

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