Lifted to the Wind: An appraisal by Diane Thomas

Susan Gardner is the founding editor of Red Mountain Press, which, in the ten years of its existence has done so much to spread fine poetry—in beautifully produced volumes—throughout the land.

Her poems are of that life-changing variety that, like good paintings, invite you to enter them as you might a secret cave or garden, experience them deeply—and thereby discover hidden facets of yourself. Little wonder they are so vivid and enticing: Gardner is also an acclaimed painter and photographer, with numerous exhibitions in museums and galleries. In her spare time she has been a house builder, scholarly researcher, teacher and landscape designer.

LIFTED TO THE WIND is Gardner’s sixth book. A rich collection of poems from over four decades, illuminated with original brush-and-ink work, it was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “Sonically and linguistically rich,” with “fresh metaphors and vivid images [that] linger….”

– Diane Tomas, author of In Wilderness

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