Poems for the Lost Deer

 
9780977864546: Poems for the Lost Deer

Poems for the Lost Deer is a book of poems that is taken from facts about an incident that occurred in 2007 and 2008 and began many years before. In the 1920's the San Francisco Zoo brought Axis deer (from Ceylon Islands) and Fallow Deer (from the Mediterranean, Persia and Eurasia) to San Francisco. In 1947-49 they sold their over populations to Dr. Millard Ottinger, a rancher who owned a large track of land on the Pt.Reyes peninsula in Marin County, California just north of San Francisco. In 1974 the land of the Dr. Ottinger and others was designated as Pt. Reyes National Seashore. The poems in this book track articles from thirty years of conflict between the National Park Service and the people and the animals that lived on Pt.Reyes peninsula before the park was developed. Documentation from the NPS website, and the Pt.Reyes National Seashore website as well as interviews with White Buffalo Inc. (the hunter hired) have been used to create found language poems as well as original poems by the author. In 2007 and 2008 the National Park Service slaughtered 1050 Axis and Fallow deer because they were considered invasive species. The conflict that ensued prior to the massacre reflects the cultural conflict and clash of consciousness between those who loved the animals as family and those who saw and labeled the deer as invasive even though they had been their longer than the park existed. The author highlights and confronts the moveable line of what designates invasive species from 150 years ago to 50 years that the park service backs up with bogus research and experts that stack their opinion against public outcry. 80% of the people in Pt. Reyes wanted the deer to survive. The author's experience of seeing the 7 white deer as a sign for her to become a writer over twenty years ago is one of the initial poems and begins the exploration of cultural conflict that ensued ever since.

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About the Author:

Robin (White Turtle) Lysne is an author, artist and intuitive counselor. She holds a bachelors degree in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a 1988 graduate of Matthew Fox's school for social change, the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality, now called the Sophia Center in Oakland, Ca. In 2012 she received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Mills College, and in 2013 her Ph.D. from the University of Natural Medicine, Satna Fe, NM. Her books include, Dancing Up the Moon, a Woman's Guide To Creating Traditions that Bring Sacredness to Daily Life, released in March 1995, which included both her poetry and prose, and Living a Sacred Life, 365 Meditations and Celebrations, 1997 (hardcover) and 1999 (paperback). Both published by Conari Press, Berkeley, California. Her most recent publications, is called Heart Path (2007), and Heart Path Handbook an Energy Medicine Guide (for Therapists and Healers 2014), and Poems for the Lost Deer (2014) her first poetry book. Her poems have been published in several magazines and anthologies of poetry, including; Sand Canyon Review, North American Review, Samizdat, Awkening Consciouesness Magazine, Phren-z, The Weekely Avocet, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine, Tree Stories, A Collection of Extraordinary Encounters, SunShine Press, Beneath the Sleeping Maiden, Arctos Press, Korone, Volumes VIII, IX, X, collections of writing by women published by Womanspace, Rockford, Illinois, and in Wounded Healers, poetry of people who have cancer and their caregivers, published by Wounded Healers Press, Bolinas, Ca., Rachel Remen, M.D., editor. In addition, she has produced a cassette tape of her poetry called Rippling Moon. She is a member of Emerald Street Poets in Santa Cruz, California, who meet twice a month for critiques. Since 2001 she has run classes and workshops through the Center for the Soul, her educational center, and holds monthly meditations sessions in private homes in Santa Cruz and Los Gatos, CA. In 2006 she began Blue Bone Books, a cooperative poetry press. In addition, she hosts an on-line radio show called Evolve! through Blog talk Radio/Fireflywillowslive! and interviews people on the cutting edge of change. Recent interviews include Drew Dellinger-poet, Patricia White Buffalo-Shanamic Trainer, Amita-Intuitive Healer and Avotar, Barbara Thomas-Mentor and Author, Desde Zuckerman, author and Enegy healer, Kevin Devany, poet and Art Bar creator Len Anderson, and Julia Chiapella, director of Young Writers Program and others. All past epidodes are on-line.

Review:

This engaged and engaging sequence of poems by Robin H. Lysne sees permeable borders where others see boundaries; it is a kind of wordsmithery that is at once committed to changing our given worlds, and to imagining spiritual worlds we have not yet reached. Though the subject is ostensibly the historical destruction of the white deer at Pt. Reyes peninsula between 2007-8, the reach is broader. When a voice speaks from one of the poems to say: We sing/ our ghost/ dance for/ the fallen, deer and native and poet sing together of the past to question our future. Through drawings, prose fragments, and lyrics, the poet deals in weighty matters, but with a deft touch that always allows the mysteries of nature to seep in and color everything. Let us listen hard to her singing. --David Allen Sullivan, Strong-Armed Angels, Every Seed of the Pomegranate

Echoing Blake s Songs of Innocence and Experience, Robin Lysne s Poems for the Lost Deer documents the recent systematic slaughter of non-native Axis and Fallow deer from the Point Reyes National Seashore. Presenting what happened in an assemblage of overlapping voices -- factual evidence ; In 2007 through January 31, 2008, NPS killed all / 250 Axis deer 900 Fallow deer / Before the killing, 1 per 30 acres / after killing, 1 per 110 acres / All 250 Axis deer (brown, black, yellow, white) / Gone in just one killing spree. ; the National Park Service Pick a date, draw a line. // Whatever team of experts deem / this is the way it is ; those who did the shooting; We are more dominant, that is a fact. those who protested it; Who are not labeled an invasive species? ; those who took care of the remains; Deer carcasses are to be sent to / homeless shelters in large white boxes // Packing Slip Contents: / 20 dead assorted deer - minus racks ; and throughout it all the deer themselves -- first innocent; Across this / field an apple tree / full of blossoms / run to it, sniff / stretching our necks / rub antlers on bark / scratch ears with hooves, / nuzzle young / we live / one more spring : then experienced; Humans came / to stop the / hunters // They gave us / three more suns / before the massacre and now forever gone; thank you / for loving us / so well // We / forgive // Just know / love / is all / that / remains . This is a glimpse of the book Robin Lysne has given us, one whose time has come not a moment too soon. --Stephen Ratcliffe, poet of over 20 books, and professor Mills College

Poems for the Lost Deer is much more than poems. It is a tract that is, at once, lamentation and praise song, dirge and testament and manifestation. And an inquiry into values and hierarchy and a series of addresses to the faces of power. At stake is the extermination of the white deer of Marin County culling is the word, the Management Plan. We need be mindful of St. George: Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them. But it s also the gap, it s that Wordsworth s Where I could meditate in peace, and cull/ Knowledge that step by step might lead me on/ To wisdom.... gives way to as Lysne reports in these pages Culling/ Education/ Garbage cans. Poems for the Lost Deer invites readers to try to comprehend the scope and scale of the hillsides and of what humans do. --C. S. Giscombe, author of Into & Out of Dislocation, English Professor UC Berkeley

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