Linda Whittenberg

I am pleased to announce my newest book of poetry: 

SOMEWHERE IN IRELAND: A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

This book began to be written soon after I landed at Shannon Airport in 2010 to attend Writers’ Week in Listowel, County Kerry. The beauty of the land, the welcoming spirit of the people, the language, the clouds, the music, the ever-present reminders of history, all these set my pen in motion and the poems kept coming over the next two years.

The book grew from a story I wanted to tell, the story of how being in the land of my ancestors opened a door for me to my family’s history and to parts of myself I had never considered to be related to my Irish ancestry.

Irish author Joan McBreen commented: “I would say that at a psychic level Ireland has probably always been your first country! How come it took so long for you to get here?”

Somewhere in Ireland incorporates the beautiful artwork of Georgia artist Lillie Morris, who also has strong Irish ties.  Selected poems from the book are available on this website. 
I hope you enjoy them.

— LINDA WHITTENBERG —


 
FEATURED POEMS:
 
Mud Season     "Skull" photograph     "Cowboy with Cross" photograph North on I-25
 
Heat     "Heading Home" photograph   "Screen Door" photograph At the Edge of the Garden
 

LATEST NEWS

Linda Whittenberg and her muleNew Book! -- October, 2014
Linda Whittenberg's next book of poetry, Let Nothing Be Lost, published by Aldrich Press, will be available in the fall of 2014. More details to come.


APPEARANCES COMING UP

Apr 27, 2014 (Sun.)
4:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe
  Readings by the Praise Poets, including Elizabeth Raby, Blair Cooper, Janet Eigner, Judith Toler and Linda Whittenberg.
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NOW AVAILABLE


Tender Harvest cover

SOMEWHERE IN IRELAND
A Journey of Discovery
A journey to Ireland uncovers unexpected meaning and sheds light on Ireland's quiet but pervasive impact on those who claim Irish heritage or simply a deep love of Ireland. Artwork by Lillie Morris.

COMMENTARY
PURCHASE
Somewhere in Ireland CD SOMEWHERE IN IRELAND - CD
A recording of the poems of Somewhere In Ireland, read by Linda Whittenberg, is available for purchase or poems can be downloaded at CD Baby.

TENDER HARVEST
Poems in this collection celebrate a Tender Harvest, a life-time gathered into a cohesive whole, memory and the present sifted and sorted, chaff blown away, only what nourishes retained.  The book is enriched by photography by Teri Thomson Randall.

COMMENTARY
PURCHASE
Tender Harvest cover
Tender Harvest cover

DYING CAN WAIT
Dying Can Wait is the cry that runs through these poems, the will to flourish, to sing one’s song in spite of forces that would turn one wooden and silent.  Cover art by Stephen Counsell.

PURCHASE

At every turn, roots; minute threads feeding grasses;
tough, hollow straws sucking life into cattails and tules.
At every turn, roots invite the question:
by what are you held and sustained?

Excerpt from the poem "Roots" by Linda Whittenberg