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Her Story of Fire
by Richard Widerkehr

The poetry you'll read in Her Story of Fire evokes a family where one member’s mental disorder continually tears at the fabric of relationships.

  • Year: 2011, 2012
  • Pages: 60
  • Binding: stapled and square-spine wrap
  • Size: 6" x 8"
  • Limited First and Second Editions: 75 copies each
  • ISBN 0-9725137-4-6
  • Price: $18.00 out of print

Bewick's Wren, ink drawing Poet Richard Widerkehr describes how a family continually undertakes the task of rebuilding a life gone ragged—through steady determination and staunch loyalty—despite the apparent lack of gratitude or acceptance. The poems go beyond the truth and into the soul: the redemptive moments sizzle and spark. This is an important book.

The pages of this book were hand-folded, sewn, trimmed, and the cover scored and folded by the poets Anita K. Boyle and James Bertolino. Boyle designed the book, and illustrated the cover. The outer deep red cover stock wraps around a dark gray interior cover to create a mood for this square-spined book. You'll be reading the poems on somber, blue butcher paper, and may decide to keep this collection shelved among your special volumes.

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Poet Richard Widerkehr
Richard is also a singer-songwriter who enjoys participating in open mics around Western Washington.

About Richard Widerkehr

Bewick's Wren, ink drawing Richard Widerkehr won two Hopwood Awards for poetry at the University of Michigan, where he earned his B.A. in English. He received his M.A. from Columbia University, which he attended on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. Widerkehr's poetry collections include The Way Home (Plain View Press, 2011), Mountain (Pudding House Publications, 2007) and Disappearances (Radiolarian Press, 1996, reprinted in 2003).

Widerkehr lives near Bellingham, Washington, where he has been a teacher in the Upward Bound Program, a case manager at a mental health clinic, and a counselor on the mental health unit of the local hospital.