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  • Keywords
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    • A life in poems,
    • Ancestral memory,
    • Evocative poetry collection,
    • Murmurings author,
    • Howard Giskin

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by Howard Giskin

I have sat at the feet of teachers, who have sat at the feet of masters, so I have touched enlightenment thrice removed, which has the feeling of a handsome baseball glove in a shop window that I have not the money to buy. I know this feeling well, yet still live in the hope of that clap of thunder. Embers is a meditation on life. The poems give form to thoughts, experiences, memories, hopes, and dreams, turning private reflections into something shared. Giskin weaves fragments of memory from childhood with stories of his ancestors in Lithuania, his travels, stunning moments in nature, and the ungraciousness of ageing. And yet, Embers leaves us curious about the potent images of our own lives, and perhaps a little more able to settle into quiet moments of insight.

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Howard Giskin taught World Literature at Appalachian State University for 25 years. He is an avid reader of history, philosophy, popular science, anthropology, and current affairs. Since early childhood, he has enjoyed being in nature, hiking, biking, canoeing, camping, and mountain climbing. He is also the author of Essays, Arcade of Memory, Murmurings, An Introduction to Chinese Culture through the Family, and Chinese Folktales. He lives in the Philippines with his wife and their two cats. To learn more about Howard Giskin, please visit


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