Her, Infinite

Her, Infinite

by Sawnie Morris


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936970414
Publisher: New Issues Poetry and Prose
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Pages: 101
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

SAWNIE MORRIS has been the recipient of a Poetry Society of America George Bogin Memorial Award and, for her chapbook in The Sound a Raven Makes (Tres Chicas Books, 2006), a co-winner of the New Mexico Book Award. Her writing about poetry and poets has won a Texas PEN Literary Award and has appeared in Kenyon Review, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and the Boston Review. She is a co-founder of Amigos Bravos: Because Water Matters, a non-profit advocacy organization for the waters of New Mexico, and she is a frequent contributor and past Book Review & Essay Editor for Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art. Sawnie lives in northern New Mexico with her husband, the artist and environmental activist Brian Shields. Her, Infinite was a finalist for fifteen national contests prior to selection for the New Issues Poetry Award.

Table of Contents


Da-ma-te, Demeter 13

Inland See (I) 15

Inside a Dream, Inside a Storm to Come 17

Cochiti Lake, 1989 18

It Is Documented 22

Elegy to a Baby Albatross at Midway Atoll 24

For the Record 25


Most Mornings 33

Sunlight Hardens on the Bed 34

Worlds inside the World / (position in suspension) / Tearing 35

How Strange to Wake 41

After Having Thought About It for a Long Time 42

The Light Would Have to Draw Back 43

Three Quick Piercings to the Heart 44

Inland See (II) 45

Life Stories, & Other Possible Endings 46

Water. Light. Stone 47

Bernalillo County Creatures 50

Natural Enemies 51

After Listening to Fanny Howe Online 56

When the Poisons Begin Doing Damage 58


From Here to There: Imagining into the Ruins 65

We Are Standing in Her Field of Vision 70

The Self as Conduit, Not Locale 71

Little Shifts, Here and There, a Fashion of Change 72

And Afterward, to Eat Oranges 75

Understand We, Sir, Romanticism Undergirded Each Act 76

The Phallic Hand of Gaia 77

That Briefly Containable Love between the Sun and the Earth 78

Everything Begins in Sacrifice 79

Back There, at the Back of the Room, a Missing Friend Is Repeated 83

A Sand Trail w/ Stone Walls & Configurations 84

I Have Known Her Since My Beginnings in Her Thoughts 86

These Last Left Notes at the Start of Departure 87

En Su Tinta 88


Fallen Moon in the House of Speech / To the Shade When It Is Missing 93

What People are Saying About This

Major Jackson

“A polyvocal, strident book of immense intelligence, Her, Infinite refuses the fatalistic disharmony between humans and nature. What issues forth in Sawnie Morris's innovative poems is a ceremony of tantalizing music, utterly practical and feminine. Her lines achieve a splendid naturalness that vegetates her own lively freedoms. Against both psychic and industrial defilement of our mountains and rivers, lagoons and mesas, hearts and minds, these poems are sacramental such that language is alluvial and explosive, recovering us back to our spiritual significance.”

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