Jane Piirto Saunas

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Poetry. Jane Piirto's SAUNAS captures the strength and magic of family and tradition. From the frozen landscapes of her Finnish forebears to the ice-clear rivers and cold fields of Michigan's Upper Pennisula, Jane Piirto paints a personal and extraordinary picture. Piirto uses the Finnish national story, Kalevala, to connect her poems to this world. These deeply moving poems are like chants celebrating what sustains us, reminding us of the wonder and mystery in the everyday. As Jim Daniels says, "Unafraid to rail against political injustice and unafraid to laugh at our own foibles, Piirto takes us many places to show us just where she's from."

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Jane Piirto is a native of Ishpeming, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, to which all four of her grandparents emigrated from Finland. She is Trustees' Distinguished Professor at Ashland University in Ohio.

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From the frozen landscapes of her Finnish forebears to the ice-clear rivers and cold fields of her own South Dakota, upper Michigan, and northern Ohio, Jane Piirto warms us, sings to us, and connects those who came before with those who come next--children, grandchildren, and yes, readers. The good soul of these lucid lyric poems bubbles up and soothes, even as it instructs. Saunas is truly an offering full of warmth and healing light and hope that we might together "glow in perfect awareness." --David Baker

Jane Piirto takes the runes of the Finnish national story, Kalevala, and binds her poems with them to connect to the new world. There is wisdom in this book, blended with the author's forthrightness, and the warmth of her voice. --Judith Minty

Jane Piirto's Saunas captures the strength and magic of family and tradition without sentimentality or nostalgia. Both tender and tough, these deeply moving poems are like chants celebrating what sustains us, reminding us of the wonder and mystery in the everyday. Unafraid to rail against political injustice, and unafraid to laugh at our own foibles, Piirto takes us many places to show us just where she's from. --Jim Daniels

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