A New Preview for Sacred Reciprocity | A Forthcoming Collection by Jamie K. Reaser

On August 13th we will release Sacred Reciprocity: Courting the Beloved in Everyday Life by Jamie K. Reaser, author of Note to Self and Huntley Meadows. The praise for Jamie’s latest collection is already gathering! We included a few testimonials below so that you can see what people are saying. We also chose to share a dear little poem entitled The Poet’s Eyes. We hope you enjoy!

 

“The beauty of Jamie K. Reaser’s poetry causes my heart to thrill, to ache, to still–with each turning of lyrical phrase. In Sacred Reciprocity she is both transparent seeker, sitting in deep communion, and gentle guide, gracefully leading us to those innermost places where the Soul revels.” – Carla Woody, author of Standing Stark and Calling Our Spirits Home

 

“Jamie K. Reaser brings to her poems both the patient, curious attentiveness of a naturalist and the wild ecstasy of a mystic. She is transformed by all she sees, and through her poems guides all of us to see more deeply, more joyfully, more passionately.” —Trebbe Johnson, author of The World Is a Waiting Lover: Desire and the Quest for the Beloved

 

“Jamie K. Reaser’s newest collection of poetry, Sacred Reciprocity, is an exercise in what poetry can and should be: It is unafraid to ask big questions, and to posit big answers; at the same time, it finds these questions not in complex philosophies but in the beauty and grandeur of the everyday rhythms of ecological place. This specificity—finding the universal through the personal—this sense of place and of moment, is where all meaning takes root and all philosophy is tested. The task of the poet—a task that Reaser is more than capable of fulfilling—is to find in a single, fleeting moment, the beauty of an entire universe conspiring to find balance and harmony: ‘The Universe unfolds,/ ever so briefly, / in my arms and / upon my lips.’

She begins with two simple words, really: Sacred Reciprocity. If only, for a moment, we could be quiet enough and still enough to see the sacred in all the little things bursting into life around us; if only we could re-member that a sustainable civilization can only exist if reciprocity remains a core value. These are simple—and at the same time strangely elusive—notions. Our hope, perhaps, is the world of forgotten simplicity and beauty revealed to us in Sacred Reciprocity.” – Theodore Richards, author Cosmosophia: Cosmology, Mysticism, and the Birth of a New Myth

 


The Poet’s Eyes

 

To see the world

through soft eyes

is to See the world

through the poet’s eyes.

 

Duality blurs into Unity

when it is the heart

that manifests Vision.

 

‘Round and ‘round

the ancient dihedral

dances the Beloved’s

suitor.

 

Surely he finds himself

liquored on his own breath

when he realizes

it is he in the spotless looking glass

gazing gently

upon the soul of the world.

 

– An excerpt from “Sacred Reciprocity: Courting the Beloved in Everyday Life”