This Imbolc Day I honor Brigit, Gaelic goddess and saint, releasing into Her hands my gift to Ireland:
Sitting on the Hag Seat was inspired by a pilgrimage I made to Ireland in 2015. The journey was inspired enriched and guided by an extraordinary circle of wise women. We spent our time outdoors at ancient sites, walking paths, lying on grass, resting against stones, drinking from sacred springs. Because we chose to listen, the land spoke to us. Irish earth guided me to a deeper, richer connection with Planet Earth; a connection that continues to strengthen wherever I stand. For this gift I am profoundly grateful.
My book honors the Spirit of Place so palpable in Ireland. The poems explore details of the landscape, those places wherein gods, spirits and totems so often reside. The collection, taken as a whole, depicts an ardent connection with physical, historical and mystical Ireland. Blood feuds, cattle raids, cows, crows, and fearsome goddesses flow through the pages forming themselves into a Celtic lovers’ knot of poetry
Brigit is an ancient Celtic goddess of healing, metal smithing and poetry. An elemental fire goddess who survived Christianity as a patron (shouldn’t it be matron?) saint of the Emerald Isle. Imbolc, harbinger of spring, is Her day. It is a time of new beginnings, the season when seeds begin germinating, ewes begin lactating. I think it propitious indeed to send a new book into the world on…