Dreaming Earth's Body: Poems by Carol Alena Aronoff, Paintings by Betsie Miller-Kusz

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In the pairing of poet Carol Aronoff and artist Betsie Miller-Kusz, earth, sky, body, and spirit become companions of the reader on the journey toward greater understanding of the universe and the self. Dreaming Earth’s Body is the perfect experience of ekphrasis in which the sapphired cloak of Aronoff’s words and the promiseful guardian figure of Miller-Kusz form an embrace, offering solace and sanctuary. —Andrea L. Watson, co-editor, Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined and Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai Dreaming Earth’s Body, so appropriately titled, is a vessel of inspired imagery from two perfectly matched artists. Carol Alena Aronoff’s poems subtly link the heart of love, the heart of nature and the heart of memory. Images of creation, gestation, rebirth and other transformations express an acute connection to the realm of “source.” The great guardian figure of Betsie Miller-Kusz’ paintings resides in this source realm, interceding between earth and spirit. She comes from the fire of transformation and brings the colors of life, also evident in Aronoff’s work, to nature’s voice. In perfect unison, the works of these two artists fuse to make a sum greater than its parts. —Donna J Caulton, Taos, NM, painter and printmaker Dreaming Earth’s Body is a luminous collection of poems and paintings, a spirit-quest that seeks the tension between creation and destruction and choices we must make for peace, for harmony. These artful works explore a duality of self and dream-self and the spiritual tie we have with a universe rushing toward Somethingness, as the veins of a maple leaf mark a trail toward living. Aronoff writes in “Dark Waters,” You can spend a whole life skirting/around small upheavals,/surrendering any hint of bliss/for the safety of apparent order. From that place beyond ordinary knowing, this beautiful book teaches us that we must face our own darkness in order to walk in the light. To be free. —Bill Brown, poet, teacher, author of nine poetry collections including Elemental

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Carol Alena Aronoff, Ph.D. is a psychologist, teacher and writer who co-founded SAGE, a psycho-spiritual program for elders; helped guide a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation center for seven years; taught Eastern spirituality and healing practices, imagery, meditation, and women’s health at San Francisco State University for nearly fourteen years. She guided Healing in Nature retreats in Hawaii and the Southwest, and had a counseling practice in Marin County for many years. She co-authored Practical Buddhism: The Kagyu Path with Ole Nydahl in 1989 and edited five books and four meditation booklets on Tibetan Buddhism. Dr. Aronoff published a textbook: Compassionate Healing: Eastern Perspectives in 1992. Her poetry has been published in Comstock Review, Potpourri, Poetic Realm, Poetica, Mindprints, Dream Fantasy International, Beginnings, Hawaii Island Journal, In Our Own Words, Theater of the Mind, Animals in Poetry, From the Web, HeartLodge, Out of Line, Sendero, Buckle&, Iodine, Asphodel, Tiger’s Eye, Nomad’s Choir, Cyclamens & Swords, Tale Spinners, Poet’s Lane, The New Verse News, Expressing Bridges, Quill & Parchment, Nature Writing.com, Lilipoh, Avocet, Bosque, 200 New Mexico Poems, Women Write Resistance, Before There Is Nowhere to Stand and Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai. A chapbook of Native American/Hawaiian poems, Cornsilk, was published by Indian Heritage Council in 2004, and her illustrated poetry book, The Nature of Music, was published by Pelican Pond/Blue Dolphin Publishing in 2005. An expanded, illustrated Cornsilk was published in 2006, Her Soup Made the Moon Weep, in 2007 and Blessings from an Unseen World in 2013. Dreaming Earth’s Body: poems by Carol Alena Aronoff, paintings by Betsie Miller-Kusz was published in 2015. Currently, Dr. Aronoff resides in a rural area of Hawaii—working her land, meditating in nature and writing. Betsie Miller-Kusz was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She lived and painted in San Francisco for over thirty years and has exhibited widely in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as New York, Santa Fe, and many areas of California. She now lives in New Mexico, where she owns a small rancho and studio, drawing continual inspiration from her surroundings in the beautiful Jemez Valley.

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