Heaven-and-Earth House: Poemsby Mary Swander
Heaven-and-Earth House is a book of lyrical poems and dramatic monologues that attempts to explore the balance between the physical and the spiritual, the mind and the body. The book is set and grounded in Mary Swander's own Midwestern landscape. It follows her quest to find her sense of place within the surrounding Amish countryside of her native Iowa, and to find her sense of self within and without her physical body. Through gardening, tending goats and sheep, through her work with massage, over and over again she is put in touch with the five basic elements. Earth, water, fire, metal and air come to encompass not only a schema of medicine but a life process that seeks finally to find the hope of "worldly" transcendence.
Always close to the earth and its animals, always beautifully constructed, always masterly in the ways of storytelling, Mary Swander's poems are experiences both moving and profoundly delightful.
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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Meet the Author
Mary Swander is the author of two earlier books of poems, Succession (1979) and Driving the Body Back (1986). She has published a variety of writing widely, in such magazines as The Nation, The New Yorker and Poetry. Her dramatic adaptation of Driving the Body Back and her coauthored musical Dear Iowa have been produced throughout the Midwest and on Iowa Public Television. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and she has been the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including one from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Literary Arts Award from the Chicago Public Library and the Nation-Discovery Award. She is a native Iowan and an associate professor at Iowa State University. As an avid gardener, she has written for National Gardening Magazine, and is the coauthor (with Jane Staw) of a book of interviews with Midwestern gardeners, Parsnips in the Snow (1990).
- Ames, Iowa
- Date of Birth:
- November 5, 1950
- Place of Birth:
- Carroll, Iowa
- B.A., Iowa State University, 1973; M.F.A., Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1976
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