This powerful collection of poems spans the major stages of a
woman's life-adolescence, early marriage and divorce, single
motherhood, family life and its dissolution, late love, encroaching
mortality, and the mysterious, obsessive, and ultimately healing
returns of early trauma-and does so with an equally tenacious sense
of the sanctity of this moment, and this one alone, in all its
redeeming particulars. We want to know, writes the poet, what is
pushing us, what is drawing us, and what is letting us, time and
time, and time again, go. . .There can be no other poet like
Heather Tosteson, no other who strives so genuinely to take so much
into account. She sees every one of us in this world holding/. .
.an enormous universe of feeling, and her lines do not describe
this universe but mesh with it. She does not witness the world, she
bears it. Hers is the grandest and most honorable ambition, to
render without violation life's silky, staining patina. What an
immense revelation The Sanctity of the Moment is How admirable the
revealer -Fred Chappell, Shadow Box, Backsass, Family Gathering,
Midquest, winner of the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, T.S. Eliot
Prize, and Aiken Taylor Award.The Sanctity of the Moment presents
the haunting chronicle of a woman/ mother/daughter/lover
confronting both the terrible and the beautiful. Dense, intense,
and exquisitely formed, these poems, crafted by a brave and
unflinching intelligence, teach us much about struggle, compassion
and affirmation. There are hard truths contained within these
pages-hard truths and unforgettable writing.-Kat Meads, Quizzing
the DeadHeather Tosteson's poems elicit gasps of thankful
recognition: I too have struggled with that anger, experienced that
joy, felt that despair, known that sadness. Ms. Tosteson's poetic
deconstruction of what it means to see the face of God is fearless.
In the instant I finished reading The Sanctity of the Moment, I
believed my life had meaning.-Toni Press-Coffman, playwright,
Touch, Stand, We're Here to HelpHEATHER TOSTESON is the author of
Visible Signs, God Speaks My Language, Can You? and Hearts as Big
as Fists. She has published poetry extensively in literary
magazines, received the Nation/Discovery prize in poetry and
fellowships for poetry, fiction, and photography from MacDowell,
Yaddo, VCCA and Hambidge. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing
(UNC-Greensboro) and Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing(Ohio
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