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What Remains

October 11, 2021

 

I write poems to release my feelings of both joy and dread at what I see in my daily tasks caring for my organic farm in Oregon. The joy comes from connection to the earth and the myriad creatures that inhabit it. My experience rehabbing raptors and wolves means they inhabit my dreams and demand to have their stories told. The local wildlife and landscape are an endless source of discovery and refuge for me. The dread comes from seeing the damage that is being inflicted on the earth through pollution, deforestation, etc. These things too haunt my dreams and show up in my work. My hope is that these poems might inspire readers to contemplate our relationship with and impact on other life forms and the wild spaces of our planet.  –Barbara Parchim

 

These poems span love, loss, renewal and joy as well as intimate feelings and connections experienced in nature over a lifetime. They convey stories of the places we call home and our relationship to the landscapes that nourish us. According to Thomas Carlisle, “Parchim’s poetry gently fondles the intimate heart of Mother Nature — earth and sky, love and loss.”

 

What Remains also features eight of Pam Haunschild’s vibrant nature paintings. Her distinctive and semi-abstract style highlights many of the images in Barbara’s poems, creating a synergy between word and art. (More information at www.pamhaunschild.com.)

 

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Barbara Parchim

Barbara Parchim is a poet, gardener, nature enthusiast, visual artist, and frequent wildlife rehabber. She has worked variously as a landscaper, nursery worker, apple picker, library assistant, travel agent, social worker and volunteered for several years at a wildlife rehab and education center caring for resident raptors and wolves. She owns and works an organic farm in Oregon that was originally homesteaded in the late 1800s. Learn more about her poetry at BarbaraParchim.com.