Hotel Domilocos: Poems

Hotel Domilocos: Poems

by Ellen B Waterston

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Overview

In the opening poem of this generous, richly detailed collection, guests at a tropical hotel push their tables together after dinner and “sit their stories side by side, until they blend into something better, the good eclipsing the bad.” So it is with Hotel Domilocos as a whole. This book plunges us, first into fecund, semi-tropical Central America, then into harsh, high-desert Eastern Oregon, each place with its struggles for livelihood, its efforts at community, its straining toward connection of women and men. Both places feel deeply known. Over the rest of the book, she takes us to other places and to various periods of her life. She looks at what’s right before her, what’s around her, and what’s brought her there. She looks, with great anxiety and with yearning for hope, to the welfare of Earth and the overall shape of her life. The intensity of her attention and the urgency of her desire to find or construct meaning are made palpable in the poems’ thickly textured sound and sharply focused images. Their characters and landscapes enlarge our experience and impress themselves on our memory.

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From the Publisher

"In a world of both staggering beauty and loss, from the tropics to the high desert, Ellen Waterston offers us intimate conversations among heart and mind and place, stories that speak to hope and recovery and joy. " – John Calderazzo, author of Rising Fire: Volcanoes & Our Inner Lives

"We come to trust this poet’s 'full attention.' ... She looks at what’s right before her, what’s around her, and what’s brought her there. She looks, with great anxiety and with yearning for hope, to the welfare of Earth and the overall shape of her life. The intensity of her attention and the urgency of her desire to find or construct meaning are made palpable in the poems’ thickly textured sound and sharply focused images. Their characters and landscapes enlarge our experience and impress themselves on our memory." – Eleanor Berry, author of Green November and No Constant Hues Past President, Oregon Poetry Association and National Federation of State Poetry Societies

"... the background of each poem and section shines with stars against a night sky, the light that is shining from the stars is the hopes and dreams and loves of each beating heart Waterston describes.” – Jimmy Santiago-Baca, author of Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande and Singing at the Gates: Selected Poems

"Ellen Waterston offers us her full attention to ordinary lives in places as diverse as Costa Rica and her high desert home in Oregon. The texture of details and imagery in her poems present full pictures which call the reader’s inferential powers about people and places into play. And yet, her voice drives every line--wry, empathetic, self-deprecating, and always engaging. Her full attention lets us see how one dwells in the world and how we too could find care in uncertain times." – Bill Siverly, author of Steptoe Butte

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998763903
Publisher: MMC Companies LLC
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Edition description: First Edition/First Printing ed.
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.18(d)

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