Wahtola Trommer’s new book reads like a guidebook on how to fall more deeply in love with the world. “If the heart could make a topo map of the region where Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet, it might look something like this,” she writes.
Through poems and photographs, Wahtola Trommer and photographer Claude Steelman lead us on a visual and sonic journey to mountains and deserts, ice falls and aspen forests, resonant canyons and silent fields. The book is for anyone drawn to this wild country, for those who find resonance with remote places, and for anyone wanting one more reason – or several dozen – to fall more deeply in love with the world.
In her review of Wahtola Trommer’s book, Walking Nature Home author Susan Tweit writes: “When we say, ‘get to the heart of things,’ we mean revealing what is most important. This beautiful book dives right to the heart of what's important about our relationship to place and to each other: love, patience, adaptability, seeing the details, glorying in the whole – taking the time to be. To be open to every moment of every day. To be in love with life: imperfect, perilous, painful, shimmering, dazzling, full of joy. This book is a gift. Truly.”
Published in 2009 by Durango Herald Small Press, Intimate Landscape is Wahtola Trommer’s fourth book. Her other publications include Holding Three Things at Once (finalist for the Colorado Book Award), Insatiable, If You Listen (winner of the Colorado Independent Press Association Poetry Award), and Suitcase of Yeses, an audio CD.
Wahtola Trommer earned her master’s degree in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Driven by love of language, land and life, she has had a poem-a-day practice for many years. She teaches creative writing for Think 360, The Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado and Camp Coca Cola, and for ten years she served as director of the Telluride Writers Guild.
A resident of Placerville, Wahtola Trommer also spends part of the year at her organic fruit farm near Delta. As mother to three children, ranging in ages from 1 to 26, she relies on singing for her sanity and performs with Telluride’s seven-woman a cappella group, Heartbeat.
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