With striking but subtle images, the poems of Catherine Jontos-Putnam invite us into a world where seemingly small moments render unmistakable truths, a world where a simple touch or routine task can rekindle the spark of memory and the wonder of life.
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Raised in upstate New York, Catherine Jontos-Putnam now lives with her husband Dan outside Flora, a northeast Oregon ghost town that lies near the breaks of Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America. She has earned an M.A. in English from Portland State University, won the Academy of American Poets Award, taught community college and at-risk students, and worked in hospitals and greenhouses. She currently cultivates trees and gardens with her husband at their home, and sells books at The Bookloft in Enterprise, Oregon.
"These poems depend on memory to notify the present," she says of the work in this collection, which attempts in part to connect the ordinary details of daily rituals to what she calls "the luminous."
Her poems of nature and relationships, she says, reveal the intellect of her heart, while her narrative poetry is influenced by the awe she feels for the world around her.
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Book Description Bear Creek, Wallowa, 2002. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. Mime Lagoe (illustrator). First Edition. Number 63 of a limited edition of 100. SOFTCOVER. 8½ by 5½ inches. 51 pages. Illustrated with drawings. Fine condition. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. Bookseller Inventory # 004618
Book Description Bear Creek Press, Wallowa Oregon, 2002. Paper. Book Condition: As New. No Jacket. Mim Lagoe (illustrator). First Edition. as new. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 50092