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OTHER ACREAGE: $14.95
2015 poetry collection, Gold Wake Press Collective (Boston MA).
This book is for anyone who's said goodbye to a family homestead or way of living; who's searching for a lasting community; who thinks questioning and mystery are just as important as faith; who's lived in a college town; who's interested in story-telling through poetry.
What if our concept of the soul was more verb than noun? What if we thought of the effort to make meaning in our world as the soul’s central work? These poems show us a woman sifting through memories of her Mennonite upbringing, and weighing carefully her somewhat more secular adult experience. In the end, she finds the authentic, whether inside a religious tradition or not, most present in our universal, ongoing struggle to love and thereby affirm the existence of one another. For Lachman, that is how the soul reveals itself, and, to borrow a phrase from Keats, Other Acreage is her book of “soul-making.”
Author of The Looking House (Graywolf Press)
"I have seen things shine," the speaker announces. But where does illumination come from, the future or the past? Through narratives richly embedded with lists, litanies, recipes, liminal moments, and cameo appearances of St. Francis, the poems in this collection investigate the nature of change. From the perspective of the poet's soul, time is both linear and cyclical, "so you can/ plant something there and it keeps coming back—/even if it's in strange ground."
Author of Coronology and Other Poems (Etruscan Press)
THE APPLE SPEAKS: $12.99
2012 poetry collection, Cascadia Publishing House, LLC (Telford, PA).
See review here. This book centers around themes of transition and travel: adult missionary kids, the complexities of missionary work in one family, alternative service, feminism within a religious community, West Africa, and new marriage.
"These poems are what hymns or sermons ought to be: full of the light of radiant faces. The quality of held breath, and the clean, enveloping silence of a first snow are ever-present here. We can be grateful that a poet whose 'long seasons of listening' have specially fitted her to sing with such mindfulness is thinking this deeply about what harmony is. There's a freshness to Lachman's reverence, a respect and an ethics, a tuneful humility that's never received or rote but always newly wrought. This is just as I imagine God, if she exists, would want any written offering. If, as Lachman writes, "music is God breathing," then these poems come to us on waves of holy exhalation."
author of Dearest Creature (Penguin)
"Lachman reflects on a heritage that inspires but also restrains. From within that struggle, in language of striking clarity and subtlety, Lachman witnesses a world generous with both pain and redemption, music and despair. These are poems born of a rigorous heart and a questioning mind."
author of The Earth Avails (Graywolf Press)
"Through her art and authenticity, Lachman engages even the most reluctant readers as they enter new worlds under her astute guidance. From service with Swiss Mennonites to an observant private lyricism, Lachman offers rare insights. She can make an apple speak and she can inspire us to listen."
author of The White Eyelash (Grove Press)
A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford ($15.00)
2013 poetry anthology, Woodley Press (Washburn U)
A rich poetic dialogue that both celebrates and wrestles with the life and legacy of one of the most prolific poets of our time during his Centennial year (2014). Features poems by Robert Bly, Molly Peacock, Ted Kooser, Maxine Hong Kingston, Toi Derricotte, Naomi Shihab Nye, and others. Intro co-written by Fred Marchant and Kim Stafford. Edited by Becca J.R. Lachman. Study guide included.
Listen to a NEW BOOKS IN LITERATURE INTERVIEW with Becca and author Eric LeMay about how this anthology came to be here.