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Somewhere Beautiful Like Earth  (January, 2013)
the rest of the poems from 2012

"I completed my journey through Someplace Beautiful Like Earth, Stewart Warren's latest collection, with a profound sense of gratitude. Such music, such imagery, such an eye and ear! His poems seem to emanate from a hypnagogic state, some liminal zone between waking and sleep. He tells his stories but tells them slant, in words as compelling and impossible to ignore as the voice that speak to us on the verge of dreams."
      —Richard Broderick, author of Night Sale, Woman Lake, and Rain Dance, and a recipient of a Minnesota Book Award.

"Stewart Warren is a storyteller weaving together earth and spirit, experience and rumination.  He lifts the human heart on rhythms of feathers and drums." 
      —Tani Arness, poet, educator, traveler.

A poet true to his word, Stewart S. Warren delivers “a pantry of grace” in Somewhere Beautiful Like Earth, and it is full of exquisite poems, many with breathtaking endings (“You’re somebody’s blue.”) and gorgeous triplets (“helpfriend, ocean-eyes, mysticosity” and “Motorcycle, crow, footfalls”).  There are sly poems that ask important questions of us (“Where is my risk taking when I need it?”)  We are invited into an intimate circle of “crazy people”  and “the peddlers of doom,” as well as blue-collar workers earning “shitty wages,” “carnies” and “automated cops.” But always he heals us, whether with turtles or house spiders.  Even Warren’s titles soothe (“For a Time the Trees”).  His pantry indeed overflows with pleasures.  Warren delivers.  He show us “how we dance with the world.”
      —Karla Linn Merrifield, Godwit: Poems of Canada (FootHills Publishing; 2009 Andrew Eiseman Writers Award for Poetry,)
      and The Ice Decides: Poems of Antarctica (Finishing Line Press)

SOMEWHERE BEAUTIFUL LIKE EARTH is gorgeous beyond belief! The poems are brilliantly electrifying, as are the images. The combination of the two yield an ecstatic experience. I love “Pickin’ Cotton Will Make You Tan” and how you interweave the blues with the earth. “Cry In the Oarlocks” is a magnificent poem with the amazing lines “There’s a different cadence / when your music’s pulled chains / across the waves. / There’s a cry in the oarlocks.” “Dare Devil” has a lot to say and says it well. “Word Curious” is great fun and very Zen.
“The Last Salt” is an astonishing poem. I love the lines “I hear the small labored breaths / of the blue mountains / laying down to rest.” and “I am not myself anymore, or / maybe more of who I really am. / I am speaking now.” “More or Less” is a beauty, one of those poems that make you want to read it over and over. 
“Regalos” like so many of the poems in this book is a celebration of the beauty of the earth. What I love best about this book is that the poems put you in a whole different state of mind. “More So” is a metaphysical gem. “Water, Tree, Bird” is a fantastic poem. Every line is out of this world, and in it. 

“They Waggle Dance” has that gorgeous Zen feel of many of the poems in this book. It’s a breathtaking poem. “To Be Blue” is the perfect ending poem for the book, a summation of many of the subjects and approaches of the works. 

Your book has put me on a high! What an experience! Thank you so much for sending!

     
—All the best,
      Tony (Tony Moffeit)

Of the many aspects of your character that I admire, your fearless and bountiful harvest of poetry is one. You seed that harvest from your present and past experiences and you are bursting with it. All this is fine to witness, and I am deeply touched that you would share with me your latest. Thank you, brother.  

I have begun to read "Somewhere Beautiful ..." and again, I discover an intriguing phenomenon: my simile will not do, but your poetry is like watching the reverse of a shattering mirror; all the shards, jagged, cutting, slicing blood-letting shards come together and reflect a passing, yetsomehow substantiveshadow in that mirror in that marrow in that morrow.
      Greg Candela

 

Rehearse Nothing: poems  (June, 2012)

In this strange time, which Stewart Warren describes as the "the hand-held digital state of our bleak opulence," it is hard to keep asking the questions that no one remembers or wants to ask anymore. For those who refuse to look away from hard truths, it can be a lonely ride. Those who find and carry the deep news may wonder if anyone is listening. It is true that the news in these poems will afflict the comfortable, but it will also comfort the afflicted. Stewart knows the lay of the land well enough to find the beauty and love he needs to sustain himself and his reader along the way. The poems in this book reflect that.
      Peter Anderson
      Author, First Church of the Higher Elevations
      Editor Emeritus, Pilgrimage Magazine

If the words I love you are not lost on human beings, every line in Rehearse Nothing will be heard. Stewart Warren loves you with deer-stomped sunflowers and all manner of aches in the beautifully torn world. Read these poems. Somebody has got to keep this love moving.
      Mary Oishi, Spirit Birds They Told Me

 

Here There is Also Burning  (March, 2012)

With a Foreword by Gregory L. Candela and an Afterword by Tony A. Moffeit

Writing with vision, compassion and reflection Stewart Warren’s poems unveil the deep sanctuaries of the heart.
      —Marilyn Stablein, author of Splitting Hard Ground

These are poems of place, poems of ardour, poems of anger over careless treatment of the planet and its people, poems of forgiveness; all woven of a language at once sumptuous and spare, no perception extraneous, all suffused with that goddamn glorious high desert stillness.
      —John Roche, author of Road Ghosts and On Conesus

In these finely wrought poems tinged with heat and mystery, Stewart focuses on turning—through times of year, across terrain, and into self and understanding. We move with him down wild paths and places, being let in to discoveries. He reaches ceaselessly, but quietly, for a place of comfort, taking us into ditches and sunsets. As he tells us, "If I must say what I am, then / today I am this turning." And later - in the poem that gives the collection its name, he explains, "Longing is a flame I keep in my window."
      —Lauren Camp, author of This Business of Wisdom

 

Friend: poems for travellers  (October, 2011)
companion size, 5x7

Friend is an assemblage of poems for pilgrims, for those who walk and work in the world but know that their sojourn has origins and destinations beyond the stories of who we think we are. A friend on this journey is a fellow traveller—sometimes seen, sometimes not.  Ultimately, the friend is the teacher we come to know as our self. 

This little book of lyric reflections is offered in friendship, and hopes to be an obliging companion.

 

Follow Hawk: poems for thriving  (July, 2011)

From a small, round stone in a seeker’s hand to the earth of which we form a part, these poems are a trusted guide through the complex and complicated web that ties humans to the planet, the animals, and to one another.
      —Michelle Otero, author of Malinche's Daughter

[In this new collection of 92 poems written in the first half of 2011] earth, wind, fire and water are Stewart Warren’s muses.  Each image has for its ground of being, one of these elements and each one makes his poems sing.  Likewise, many of his poems are grounded in a kind of spiritual renaissance: whether or not he’s speaking of loss, of blood, of guilt, of love, or trees, rivers and ghosts, in Stewart’s hard-earned southwest rhythms, they not only continue to sing, “they will just keep circling”.

There are some beautiful, tough, big-spirited things going on in this book.  In his landscapes, the echoes often return, and when they do, there is something to be learned and shared.
      —John Macker, poet, author of Underground Sky and Woman of the Disturbed Earth 

Stewart Warren is a poet in the Sufi tradition.  Joy, celebration, and gratitude is at the center of these poems.
      —Wendy Videlock, author of Nevertheless

 

Atogaki: poemssolstice edition  (December, 2010)

Stewart Warren takes on the big themes—the war and peace we carry within us and how these forces play out in our relationships with family, lovers, the earth and the global village. This is a brave book, an unflinching exploration of how we love and fail to love.
      —Demetria Martinez, Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana

An examined life is worth living and Stewart Warren's life is worth reading.
      —Kenneth P. Gurney, author of An Accident Practiced and editor of Adobe Walls

 

Just One Leaf: poems (September, 2010)

Stewart Warren’s writing evokes the mesmerizing landscape in which he lives, the aliveness of its present, the mystery of its past, the seen and the unseen. With unequivocal honesty his words birth stirring and sensuous images, calling for our humanity and deepest compassion. This latest collection of poetry is deeply visceral, stirs the blood, enlivens the skin and provokes the mind…
      —Cindy Novelo, Musician and Songwriter


Stewart Warren’s latest collection illuminates how to love life in the schism between gratitude and death, between assault and sanctuary, in that place where forgiveness can level churches and yet “soft halleluiahs” are accomplished before we even do anything.

Fierce. Beautiful. Quietly wise. Even as “one storm follows another,” receptivity and openness are invoked. And this calling, to the reader, to the human, to the author himself, is why this work rings profound, why I am grateful for the opportunity to witness—and even feel part of—“…the procession/ of oxygen and wheat and wildebeest.// Of the miracle of just one leaf.”
      —Lisa Gill, author of The Relenting

 

The Sea Always Near: new poems (May, 2010)

In The Sea Always Near, Warren’s poems float above the mesas of Northern New Mexico while also sinking themselves into the problems, and beauty, of the whole planet—from China and Japan back to Cerro Pedernal in New Mexico then to the red dirt and Osage Hills of Oklahoma.

Warren is the astronomer of not only the night sky, but also of the quiet reaches and reflected starlight of the New Mexican landscape.  He reminds us we are Star Stuff.  But he’s also a Paleontologist, with a sharp eye on the bones and ancient splendors of the world.

These wonderful poems in which “…grace has turned every corner…” and “[t]he whiteness of the page / goes on forever” speak to us in needed ways that so much contemporary poetry does not. 
      —Nathan L. Brown,
Poet Laureate of Oklahoma 2013/2014, winner of the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award, and author of Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems.

I became an instant fan of Stewart Warren when we crossed paths at the glorious Sparrows Festivals in Salida, Colorado. Not just the poems but the guy himself. Stewart is the archetypal boy-next-door - that is of course if you happen to live in the Southwest and your neighborhood is notable for fine writers and talented artists. I love his friendliness, his willingness to build community wherever he settles, and the way he charms good poetry out of those of us who write with him (great workshops!) He sets the bar higher then lends us all a step up. Needless to say, this newest collection is a must read.
      —Dale Harris, Malpais Review poetry editor, and founder of the Poets and Writers Picnic / Sunflower Writers Workshops

Essence: contemplations in image and word with photographer Corinna Stoeffl (February, 2010)

Essence is a well-named book.  It invites the reader/viewer to address the very essence of the human condition through striking yet subtle and provocative photos and poetry in conversation with each other.  Author and pastor, Eugene Peterson,  said that a poet’s work is always a conversation that is saying something in relationship.  This book is such a dialogue. Stoeffl and Warren’s work is meditative in itself and is a valuable instrument for reflection and journaling.  Each one of Stoeffl’s photos is worth at least the proverbial 1000 words and Warren’s two to three stanza poems are as simple as they are profound, direct without being directive.

 —Ron Wooten-Green, Las Vegas, New Mexico
When the Dying Speak (Loyola Press); A Fine Line of Distinction (PublishAmerica);
Journaling Through Life (in progress)

Photographs rise to a high level when they speak of essence.  Going beyond a snapshot requires patience, time, and a willingness to let go of self-preoccupations in order for the place to reveal itself.  Corinna Stoeffl’s photographic images show this poetic dance between herself and many places.  She captures the extraordinary in the ordinary while sensing the particular, and precise magic of the moment. The resulting gifts are treasures for all of us to enjoy.

—Eddie Soloway, Santa Fe, New Mexico
One Thousand Moons (Nahmakanta Press, Santa Fe); Big Sur (DVD www.eddiesoloway.com)

What is it in us that longs to connect more deeply with the world?  Poet Stewart S. Warren and photographer Corinna Stoeffl touch that deep longing and feed it with an invitation to find both beauty and a large dose of humility.  In these pages, we simultaneously lose and find ourselves.  We remember to “get out of our own way” and to “raise our hands again and again” as if to say yes and yes and yes to the world.  What a gift to give to ourselves, to each other.

—Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer - www.wordwoman.com
Poet Laureate, San Miguel County, CO
Intimate Landscape: The Four Corners in Poetry and Photography

 

The Song of It: A Travelogue of Norteño  (August, 2009)

In this substantial collection, Stewart Warren proves himself to be a traveling poet of northern New Mexico, not a tourist but a pilgrim who returns again and again to people, place, and land. The setting can be as charged as the Santuario de Chimayo or as intimate as an old car.

But this world is animate—the frost acts like a lively bride and a collapsing house still offers shelter. There are pure lyrics here, and tiny anecdotal prose pieces reminiscent of Jim Sagel. To read these poems is to fall in love again with language and northern New Mexico.
      —Miriam Sagan, author of MAP OF THE LOST (UNM Press)

Reading Stewart Warren’s new book, The Song of It, I suddenly realized how thirsty I have been! I was indeed in the presence of poetry, magnificent poetry (and prose) that comes out of the wild heart of the world—a world which we can only enter as lovers, and with “our hats in our hands,” a world that curls itself around us, but that we rarely see. Those moments when you do wake to it, Warren assures us, “You are standing/in the center of time/and everything you touch/will take you home.”
      —James Tipton, author of Letters from a Stranger and All the Horses of Heaven

 

 
Second Light: poems (July, 2008)

Stewart Warren’s Second Light, which in the Diné tradition is one of three stages of sunrise, sparkles with just that kind of illumination. “Like the elm,” he writes, “my heart beats in many places.” In a city diner or on Colfax Avenue, on a canyon road in Norteño or by a waterfall where mountains are “wrapped to the waist in clouds,” his clear-eyed and love-haunted look brings out the life inside of lives to which he says yes, “and yes and yes again.”
      —Bob King, Colorado Poets Center

Stewart S. Warren writes, in his new book of poems, "In whatever direction you face me/ that also will I love."  This ability to capture our consideration in these percipient poems is Stewart's gift to us.

In his earlier book, Shape Of A Hill, Stewart S. Warren wrote lines which inspire me every day: "If your preference be the light/run to it now,/ wild children--run." Now there is Stewart's newest book of poems, Second Light, which continues his tradition of inspiration. I am drawn into the images of each poem in this remarkable collection, finding that they stimulate me spiritually and intellectually. As he writes in his poem "Leap With Brush," Stewart does indeed "hold morning and evening/in one hand."
      —Art Washburn, author of Shadow-maker

 

The Weight of Dusk: poems (June, 2007)

The Weight of Dusk is a lyrical journey of discovery, love, innocence lost, wisdom glimpsed and wisdom gained in fitful starts and reverses.  These narrative poems may focus on the life of one man and its ordinary triumphs and tragedies, but in them Warren shows how large and universal “one small life” can be.  When you read these poems, you may well find your own life in them, looking back at you.
      —Michael Adams, Award winning poet, author of Broken Hand and Steel Valley; member of The Free Radical Railroad

From the first poem to the last little phrase, "The miracle, of course, is that we are here," we are in the good company of poems that are milagros indeed, enviro-personal, and heart-thrown. This work is new to me and welcome aboard my psyche, and, I trust, yours as well.
      —Joan Logghe, author, editor, activist, and
Poet Laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

Shape of a Hill: poetry, prose poetry (November, 2005)

"Poetry with intelligence, hard-won wisdom, humor and humanity. Stewart S. Warren's long awaited collection is an invitation to see ourselves 'in the shiny mud,' to lean into one another, to get down on our knees and to enter the house of experience."
      —Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, author of If You Listen and Insatiable

"Warren is a writer who sees deep into the heart of this world, a writer whose voice bounces off canyon walls and travels along rivers to their desert ends.  One can be sure that the echo of this poet's voice will always come back to the reader with clear, authentic and beautiful tones. It would seem that any moment or encounter is reason enough for Warren to take pen to paper and write heartfelt poems that linger with a reader the way all good art should.

Early in this collection Warren writes 'Everything has become an instrument.'  Perhaps there is no better description of these poems, these poems which echo through mountain ranges, New Mexican villages, the many colored skins of the earth and into flight with birds and then settle so nicely back down to earth with her people and their history.  Warren is a lover of all that the earth contains or lets go and these poems reflect that love."
      —Aaron A. Abeyta, author of Colcha and As Orion Falls

 

 
A Walk Along the River: A Literary Anthology From the Upper Rio Grande (June, 2006)

Eloquent, genuine, evocative of place and community—such are the voices in this collection. Open the cover and you push from the bank, moving with the river's shifting current of poetry, essays, stories, ripples of Spanish overlapping English. Listen for Coyote, pass below polished volcanic cliff rock, and smell the spiced wind off the mesas. Let the songs here sing to you of life lived in appreciation of the unique place that is the Upper Rio Grande.
      —Chris Ransick, Denver Poet Laureate, and author of Lost Songs and Last Chances

The anthology project, conceived by Maria Morales McConnell of Del Norte, Colorado and edited by Arthur O. Washburn and Stewart S. Warren, is a living document and a deed to the land belonging to those bold enough to live their stories and share them straight.

Included here are poems, essays and flash fiction written by people spanning eighty years in age, over two thousand miles in distance, and a multitude of cultural and class differences, but having one central experience in common—a desire to walk to the river and find other like-hearted human beings gathered there.  This collection, then, is for people who read with their whole body and mind.

 

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