Recluse Freedom

John Leax

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Retail Price: $18.00
Subject Category: Poetry
Length: 128 pages
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Binding: paper
Published: April 2012
ISBN: 978-1-60226-012-2


"This book steps out of our culture of hectic voices and extravagant, self-aggrandizing gestures with a quietness that seems almost impossible. As Leax meditates on natural creatures, the land, memory, Chinese poetry, and the Psalms, he transforms himself into a trustworthy tour guide through a territory of profound solitude and stillness. Recluse Freedom is that rare thing—a book to sit with, to return to. In an age of jumpy bravado and addictive speed, it is a book to learn from. I love its restraint, its sly wit, and its wisdom."

Jeanne Murray Walker, author of New Tracks, Night Falling

"In Recluse Freedom, Leax delivers a series of profound descents—into language, into the flourishing phenomena of our surroundings, into the grittiness of our complicated lives—all of which avail for us the promise of continuing ascent. I am deeply grateful for his acute, compelling vision."

Scott Cairns, author of Compass of Affection

"Spanning twenty years, [this] collection shows us that long before Leax dropped the personal for the persona [in his 2004 collection, Tabloid News], he was already trying new things with his verse. . . . I confess that I have never enjoyed and admired his work as much as I did while reading the poems in [the] last two sections. I found myself stunned by their lucidity, wisdom, humanity, mature spirituality—and, yes, even by their authenticity. . . . [These are] his best poems to date."

Thom Satterlee, writer-in-residence at Taylor University, in a review for Books & Culture