Willamette Valley Winter | A Selection from Fireflies at Absolute Zero

A selection from Fireflies at Absolute Zero a poetry collection by Erynn Rowan Laurie recently released by Hiraeth Press.

Erynn Rowan Laurie is a pro­fes­sional mad­woman who has been fas­ci­nated by Gaelic and other Celtic cul­tures for over two decades. Her occult inter­ests started when she was just a kid and she’s been doing astrology and tarot since about the age of 12. Poet, writer, fem­i­nist, musi­cian, inter­faith activist and dis­abled vet­eran, Erynn is one of the founding voices of the Celtic Reconstructionist Pagan move­ment and the author of Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom.

Born in Rhode Island and raised in Connecticut and western Massachusetts, Erynn cur­rently resides in western Washington, loving the moun­tains, forests, and water beyond all logic or reason. She enjoys hiking, back­packing, and camping when she’s able, and records the minu­tiae of her daily life and her spir­i­tual and polit­ical ram­blings at http://erynn999.livejournal.com.

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Willamette Valley Winter


trees in mist

are bent like old grey women

clothed in white and silver




knobbed and gnarly joints

in crystal lacquer

like chinese boxes


they murmur


rub their hands together

pale as evening shadows

on soft lace gowns of snow