The Safety of Edges

The Safety of Edges

by Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma
The Safety of Edges

The Safety of Edges

by Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma


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The Safety of Edges ponders liminal times and spaces, tracing the borders between now and then, here and there, childhood and the grown poet. The edge of anything is both a limit and a possibility, an encounter either safe or risky. Pruiksma’s poems seek what it is one awakens to in the half light between darkness and dawn, an emptiness that is not empty, a “saying in the silence,” “a song we can’t see,” or whatever in movement might remain still. Pondering a world waiting to be whole, they return repeatedly to home. Theirs is a quiet voice of the hints that the past, like the things that inhabit it, emanates, of evanescences, of questioning and questing, of the mystery of ordinary moments: playing cards, drawing, opening a door, building sheds, seeing neighbors. Not only doors or walls, not only voices, all things leave traces.  There is nothing “to dull the emptying darkness beyond even the darkness I could see,” Pruiksma writes in a poem that appears early in his book.  Yet he finds, near the end of it, “a darkness not dark, an emptiness not empty.” The Safety of Edges is a work of a compassionate discreteness, a generous simplicity, in which the hours of life are not lost but found, sometimes, “all of it here in our hands.”

Peter Weltner, author of The Light of the Sun Become Sea and Unbecoming Time

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578438351
Publisher: Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma
Publication date: 02/14/2019
Pages: 86
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma is an author, poet, translator, teacher, magician, musician, and lover of life. He was born in Seattle, Washington, and has lived and worked in Tamil Nadu, India, and Oaxaca, Mexico. His books include "Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avvaiyar" and "Body and Earth: Notes from a Conversation" (written with the artist C.F. John). He makes his home on Vashon Island, Washington, with his husband, David Mielke.

Table of Contents



Insight 3

A Word for Speed 4

Sunday School 5

Saying Grace 6

Playing House 7

Old Pro 8

Sincera 9

Speaking to the Bee 12

In the Himalayas 13

Neighbors 14

Self-Portrait 15

Recess 17

Pocks 18

The New House 19

Moving Day for Tommy 22


Piano Lesson 25

Hushed 26

Attune 27

Song for Tahoma 28

Authority 29

Invitation 30

Definitions 31

Improvisation 32

Entry 33

Four Windows 34

New Moon 35

Minglement 36

Sabbath 37

The Walk Home 38

Stop 39

Tract on Traction 41


Hands Beyond Hands Beyond Hands 45

Pocket Watch 46

Last Thought Before Sleep 47

Peace is Each Step 48

A Just Equinox 49

What the Water Knows 50

Old Teacher 51

Write a Poem Said Hayden 52

Change of Plans 54

Summer Schedule 56

Mr. Berry 57

Daemon 58

The Eye that You See 59

Springtime in the City 64

A Sense for the Mountain 65

Care 66

Cascadian Lyric 67

Prayer 68

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