Praise for Skywriter:
Paying close attention to the world around us yields dividends, as these poems make clear. Read them to gather strength for the fight ahead
—Bill McKibben, author Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
I think of Ginny Freeman as a sort of postmodern Emily Dickinson inviting the world’s troubles to come to her ancestral Maine table where she makes poems from them. Her work provokes grief, of course, because it captures the heartbreaking undoing of the ecological systems upon which we depend for life as we know it. Of what use is such poetry? It will, I know, inspire caring and heart-mending in response.
—Peter Blaze Corcoran, Professor Emeritus, Florida Gulf Coast University
With creative imagery and deft word choice, poet Ginny Freeman crafts word pictures that soothe the spirit, quicken the heart, and exhort us to be fully present and engaged with the beauty, the mystery, and the challenges of cohabiting within the natural world. Skywriter, punctuated with bold broad strokes of Japanese calligraphy, is a sensory delight that keeps us grounded in wonder and aspiring toward our best selves. I will keep my edition close at hand, as a touchstone for all that is good, true, and beautiful on earth.
—Susan MacKenzie, Ph.D. (Colby College), Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader
Praise for Wrack and Ruin:
It’s very good to see poetry engaging the deepest questions we face—especially the marring separation between people and the rest of nature.
—Bill McKibben, author Eaarth
Ginny’s poems opened me to a way of knowing the world that is shaped by waves, wind, sand and shells, all in close relationship with the one who walks a beach. I’ve spent too much time pondering the ecological distress of our world, and her poems allowed me to enter into that hurting place with love and compassion. Her conversational verse, which can be read aloud without pretense, offers vivid images and valuable insights—even to those of us who didn’t know that poetry could be so accessible.
—Rev. Peter S. Sawtell, Executive Director, Eco-Justice Ministries
This collection is Ginny Freeman’s fine-crafted testimony to what we’re doing to Nature and embodies her fervent hope that we’ll awaken before it’s too late. Her poems will make you fall even more deeply in love with our precious and threatened world.
—Susanna Liller, Founder of Ruby Slippers
These poems invite you to lace up your boots and explore the wild places, both outside and within—quiet pond to stormy coast, death and extinction to warm hearth, and find a renewed sense of place and self.
—Jeremy Sheaffer, Maine State Director, The Wilderness Society