Searching for What is Not There is Now Available!
In winner of the 2013 Wild Earth Poetry Prize, Searching for What is Not There by Martin Willitts Jr is now available wherever books are sold! Divided into the four seasons, Searching for What Is Not There is a collection of nature poems with a concern with the complex, connected, and fragile relationship of everything in the universe, from the smallest to the immense, infused with spiritualism and silence, as we begin growing older, accepting death and embracing life.
“Listen to this poet ‘say what is not easy to say,’ and say this in ways memorable and jolting enough ‘to bruise the stone of any heart.’ Martin Willitts Jr seems to me heroic as his life deepens into his vibrant poetry, and vice versa.“
—William Heyen, author of Shoah Train and Confessions of Doc Williams and Other Poems
“Gardener, healer, poet, scholar of clouds, Martin Willitts Jr in his new book is a shape-shifting guide through the seasons of the year, of our lives. Among the many joys of his Searching for What is Not There, you will be delighted to find yourself ‘sleeping on pillows of flowers/ arriving on pink flamingoes.’ And you will learn what it is to ‘caress a landscape.’”
—Karla Linn Merrifield, author of The Urn and Godwit: Poems of Canada
“Martin Willitts Jr is a master poet, an archeologist of memories, an observer of people and nature, a tugger of heartstrings. He is a person who believes in peace and is confident enough to reveal inner thoughts and feelings. In this moving collection he shows us he knows that life like nature is an unending quest. These are not the poems of a beginner; they are carefully crafted from experience and observation to give us a work of art masterfully presented.“
—Zvi A. Sesling, author of King of the Jungle and editor of Muddy River Poetry Review
Martin Willitts Jr is a Quaker, organic gardener, and retired Librarian living in Syracuse, New York. He provided a workshop “How to Make Origami Haiku Jumping Frogs” at the 2012 Massachusetts Poetry Festival. He won the William K. Hathaway Award for Poem of the Year 2012. He was nominated for 5 Pushcart and 4 Best of the Net awards. He has published 4 full-length and over 20 poetry chapbooks.