Glenna Luschei | Total Immersion | Gazelle Books

Total Immersion

Glenna Luschei

Author: Glenna Luschei | ISBN: 0980008107 : 9780980008104 | Format: Paperback | Size: 140 x 215mm | Pages: 96 | Weight: .144 Kg. | Published: Presa Press – December 2007 | Availability: In Print | Subjects: Works by individual poets: from c1900-

This is a landmark collection of poems

by the legendary literary activist, poet/editor Glenna Luschei. In her mature later poems, Glenna Luschei joyfully celebrates the organic cycle of life. People and landscapes reflect and parallel each other in their birth, growth, decline and death, but the poet opts for a life-affirming, maternal world-view. It takes more than mere life to discourage her pioneer spirit. Glenna Luschei, Ph.D. has been active in the small press for 40 years as a past president of COSMEP (Committee of Small Magazine Editors & Publishers), the publisher of Solo Café, as a teacher, as a translator and as a philanthropist to American literature.

Part I: Immersion; Part II: The Plunge; Part III: Engrossed; Part IV: Inundation.

“Like Whitman and Dr. Williams before her, Luschei also praises what is not conventionally beautiful, finding beauty in all of nature’s creations…” — Diane Lockward in Galatea Resurrects #4

“The language of these poems is reminiscent of the Zen Buddhist poets, who journey into the mountains or forests or the river valley and return with scrolls of verse that sing of what they have seen and learned.” — Donald Lev in Home Planet News

“Luschei isn’t merely a poet but a subtle impressionistic prophet whose work immediately begins to change your whole world-view.” — Hugh Fox

“There is a pristine quality to her verse. Her view of the natural world is not hindered by messy, weedy words. It’s poetry that speaks, and says ‘Hey, it’s there…be quiet…look and listen’.” — Doug Holder in Ibbetson Update

“Like the best of poets and other artists, Glenna Luschei never grew up. Rather, she grew and goes on growing. Vast is her sense of wonder and awe. Again and again, her every poem celebrates the ways the world begins.” — Al Young

“I found Ms. Luschei’s elliptical style convincing…… One can tell that each word has been laid down with a mortar and pestle and I delight in that…” – – Kirby Congdon in Small Press Review

Glenna Luschei

has published the poetry magazines Café Solo and Solo for forty years. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a D.H Lawrence Fellowship in New Mexico, an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina and a Master of Life Award from her alma mater, The University of Nebraska. She was named Poet Laureate of San Luis Obispo City and County for the year 2000. For four years, she served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Luschei is the author of many chapbooks, special editions and trade books including, Shot With Eros, John Daniel, 2002, Pianos Around the Cape, Aspermont Press, 1999 and Matriarch, The Smith, 1992. Three of her artist books have received prizes from the Rounce & Coffin Best Western books from Occidental College. She published an artist book, Enigmas, of her translation of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz in 2006. She has taught many years for UCLA Arts Reach, for Chaplin College at the California Men’s Colony, for Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and at Atascadero State Hospital. Luschei completed her PhD studies in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Santa Barbara in December 2005. She received a fellowship from the University of California, Santa Barbara to research Medieval Studies and the Troubadours at the University of Portugal, Coimbra.

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