REFRACTIONS is the newest book of poetry from writer & scholar Stephen C. Behrendt. It was released September 9, 2014. This five part collection includes original woodcut prints from artist, Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton.
Hardback | $24.95
“In a world that seems bent on sullying the word, Stephen Behrendt’s poems are unfailingly human. ‘Love,’ sayeth the mystic, ‘is the means and end of understanding.’ You find that lens, its refractions, everywhere in this fine collection.”
-Robert Gibb, author of The Homestead Trilogy
“Stephen C. Behrendt’s art is to refract what is most unbending in our lives: mortality, both of humans and our ravaged earth; avarice; violence; and the fierce vectors of ‘hunger and propagation’ that shoot through the lives of animals – including ourselves. Refractions is a book of Georgics for a world beset with drought and frost, in which there is nothing to be done and everything depends on our doing it. A singular, stunning report from the heartland – and from the heart.”
-Esther Schor, author of Strange Nursery, Princeton University
“These poems ask that we look into the unseen, the corners of the house, the boundaries of the yard and beyond, into the wild. Behrendt seeks the memories that don’t sit as merely pictures; rather these refractions alter and distort what we might consider absolute, staking a personal relationship by way of re-experience.”
-Bret Shepard, Director of Creative Writing, University of Idaho