Hildegarde Flanner had lived in what she called the “Western Earth” for fifty years when this collection was published in 1979. She began writing in the nineteen twenties and states in her introduction, “It was not necessary to go to Paris to write poetry.” Her verse is replete with the cadences and landscape of the West. Flanner’s poetry has both urban and contemporary themes, but its main emphasis lies with Earth—cicadas, valley weeds, sassafras and Judas trees. Flanner’s imagery takes the reader beyond the surface of description. Her rhymes take a closer view that nudges the reader into the realm of the metaphysical.
Flanner, Hildegarde, "The Hearkening Eye" (1979). Ahsahta Press. 27.