Waking to the Dream

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Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2018 - Poetry - 74 pages
In a love letter to the Midwest, Heidi Elaine Hermanson writes of discovery, heartbreak, and redemption in the natural accumulation of her life as a poet. Inspired by a sense of longing for whatever comes next and for wherever life may take us, Waking to the Dream takes readers on a road-trip (figuratively and literally). Inspired heavily by the relationships we create together and rooted in imagery of place, Hermanson gives readers a sense of home in the search.

The Lure Of Orange

Because you can stay mum, my love,
I will show you a secret, here behind the hill.
Bring a rope. Bring a bottle of foreboding,
a flashlight, a blindfold. Bring a gun.
Everything vanishes by tomorrow.
There are long shadows in the nearby valley.

About the author (2018)

HEIDI HERMANSON earned her MFA in Writing from the University of Nebraska Omaha (Summer, 2008). Her poems have been published in Midwest Quarterly, Hiram Poetry Review, and PlainSpoke. In 2010 she won the Omaha Public Library's annual poetry contest and performed her winning work, Memento Mori, accompanied by Silver Roots, a New York-based violin and flute duo. She has read at the John H. Milton Conference in Vermillion, SD, on the Kerry Pedestrian Bridge over the Missouri, at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, and at the Roebuck Pub in England.

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