This Great Turtle Heart

This Great Turtle Heart

Author
Charlotte Renk
Year of issue
2018
ISBN
32325646576
About Book

In This Great Turtle Heart, Charlotte Renk fuses scholarship and artistry, the scientist's precision, and the poets rapture, as she charts the arduous odyssey of a larger-than-life box turtle. Drawing on biology, myth, folklore, history and literature, Renk examines meticulously every facet of her subject's journey to capture both “the beauty and the burden of earth,” its “dust-covered deserts” as well as the “Golden gasps of light,” creating in the process a vision that enfolds and ultimately transforms the reader. In an epoch of division and rancor this work affirms the necessity of connections and compassion. These truly are poems for our time.

Carol Coffee-ReposaPoet Laureate of Texas 2018

We are swept up in the epic of Turtle-her first emergence, her relationship with Sister, learning the perils of the environment. We are filled with compassion for her struggles, her lessons in a changing environment. We care about her eggs, the drought, fire and cold and her ultimate challenge when “time will come for her, and will her to that last/cool dark-burrowed home.” Charlotte Renk has brought us into the world of Turtle with strong, lyrical narratives that sweep us along in a moving story of endurance that we all respond to in fundamental ways.

Susan Stevens ChambersJudge of the Catherine Case Lubbe Manuscript Prize. 2017 Moderator, Attorney at Law, Good Thunder. MN

Rich with allusion and breadth of subject matter, these poems not only plunge the reader immediately into the actual lives of turtles but also transport that reader into the complex emotions and yearnings of human beings. Few contemporary poets illuminate the nuances of human relationships with the clarity and insight of Charlotte Renk.

Larry D. ThomasMember, Texas Institute of Letters, Poet Laureate of Texas 2008

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Poems for our time

In This Great Turtle Heart, Charlotte Renk fuses scholarship and artistry, the scientist's precision, and the poets rapture, as she charts the arduous odyssey of a larger-than-life box turtle. Drawing on biology, myth, folklore, history and literature, Renk examines meticulously every facet of her subject's journey to capture both “the beauty and the burden of earth,” its “dust-covered deserts” as well as the “Golden gasps of light,” creating in the process a vision that enfolds and ultimately transforms the reader. In an epoch of division and rancor this work affirms the necessity of connections and compassion. These truly are poems for our time.

Carol Coffee-Reposa, Poet Laureate of Texas 2018

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We are swept up in the epic of Turtle-her first emergence her relationship with Sister, learning the perils of the environment. We are filled with compassion for her struggles, her lessons in a changing environment. We care about her eggs, the drought, fire and cold and her ultimate challenge when “time will come for her, and will her to that last/cool dark-burrowed home.” Charlotte Renk has brought us into the world of Turtle with strong, lyrical narratives that sweep us along in a moving story of endurance that we all respond to in fundamental ways.

Susan Stevens Chambers, Judge of the Catherine Case Lubbe Manuscript Prize.
2017 Moderator, Attorney at Law, Good Thunder. MN

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