The Orchard Street Press is pleased to announce the release of Step Close In: Poems From the Path an exciting new chapbook by Gary Boelhower of Duluth, Minnesota.
From the poem “All My Relations” in the collection:
Let us step quietly over boundaries
we have created to divide us
the imaginary borders on our maps
lot lines plat lines zoning codes.
Let us choose to forget
the long litany of exclusion
nations states colors genders tribes species.
Let us say together in the one
All My Relations.
Thoughts on Step Close In: Poems From the Path
“Each (poem) evokes a deepening in the reader, drawing us into the center. These poems want to be read slowly, prayerfully, as one might walk the labyrinth. Each line, a step…a breath…a pause. Each line, a blessing…wind and wings, of longing and belonging…”
-Deborah Cooper, past Duluth Poet Laureate and author of Blue Window and Under the Influence of Lilacs
“Immersing yourself in these poems is like meandering along a labyrinth path, drawing you into the center with intriguing images crafted from a deep sense of knowing. The lyrical phrasing flows gracefully over your heart, and unexpected turns enlighten and enrich the journey. These are words of wisdom and wonder for the soul, delightful for individual and group reflection.”
-Lisa Gidlow Moriarity, artist and founder of Paths of Peace spiritual resources
About the Author
Gary Boelhower’s poetry has appeared in many literary reviews, journals, and anthologies, including: Love Jets, Amethyst and Agate, Heart of All That Is, County Lines, and Quiet Diamonds. He has published three poetry collections: Naming Rites; Marrow,Muscle, Flight; and Sacred Times, Timeless Seasons. His awards include: the Foley Prize from America magazine; the Midwest Book Award for Marrow, Muscle, Flight; and Third Place in the 2019 Orchard Street Press Poetry Contest.
Step Close In: Poems From the Path is available for $12 from
The Orchard Street; P.O. Box 280; Gates Mills, Ohio 44040