Leslie Ullman

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September 6, 2013

Progress on the Subject of Immensity

“For over thirty years now, Leslie Ullman has steadily refined a poetry of the most acute and lyrically precise mindfulness, of what one of her poems calls the ‘greater alertness.’ This method has been forged in part by her ability to render the harsh beauties of the southwestern landscapes that have been her adopted home. More important still, however, is her almost shamanistic willingness to visit those liminal states between waking and dreaming, conventional reality and phantasm—states that sometimes offer menace, sometimes wonderment. This is all to say that Leslie Ullman is a poet of the first order, writing at the height of her very considerable powers.”
—David Wojahn, author of World Tree

“Leslie Ullman at last publishes her fourth book, Progress on the Subject of Immensity, to reveal the strength of the human mind at work on questions of its own purpose. At home in the natural world, the poet speaks from silence to wonder if ‘. . . perhaps someday we’ll / think twice before we / place footprints over a green / so fresh it seems part sun.’ Part meditation, part revelation, Ullman has written a masterpiece.”
—Hilda Raz, Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series editor

“Ullman draws me along inextricably in this progress, with her attentiveness to inner and outer worlds that is a form of reverence. Her words hover in the mind, making their own weather.”
—Carole Simmons Oles, author of Waking Stone: Inventions on the Life of Harriet

Progress on the Subject of Immensity
Leslie Ullman
University of New Mexico Press
August 2013 Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series
9780826353627 USD $18.95 Paper
9780826353634 USD $9.99 e-Book

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