Anyone who reads my work knows I revere Katrina Kenison‘s writing. Her books, which I’ve described as “a call and response chant with my own thoughts,” each touched me deeply. I was thrilled when I read that Moments of Seeing was coming out.
I met Katrina years ago (the story of that fortuitous encounter is here) and since that day she’s become in person what she already was on the page: a reassuring, wise, thoughtful presence, a reminder of what my life might be, an inspiration, a mentor, a teacher, a friend. When I searched my archives for “Katrina Kenison,” I found fully three pages of posts that mention her. So I have been clear, I imagine, about my love for her work. I’ve reviewed two of her books in full here: The Gift of an Ordinary Day, and Magical Journey .
On Sunday, November 13th, I went to see Katrina read outside of Boston. I was still, I admit, feeling raw and emotional from the election and the days that followed. I had not been sleeping well, and I generally felt a little quiet, more porous than usual, a little off. Within minutes in Katrina’s presence I felt myself relaxing, reminded that there is still good in this world. Katrina read a few pieces from the luminous Moments of Seeing and I sat quietly, letting her words wash over me. The books’ two epigraphs are both quotes that mean a great deal to me. They are a mission statement of sorts, in my opinion, of Moments of Seeing but also of life itself. Katrina embodies this philosophy, and so does this beautiful book. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
What is the meaning of life? That was all – a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one. – Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it’s the home of the extraordinary, the only home. – Phillip Levine
I’m thrilled to have a signed, personalized copy of Moments of Seeing to give away. Please leave a comment here by 5pm on November 22nd. I’ll choose a winner who will receive a copy of the book, with an inscription of your choice, from Katrina! For those of you interested in buying a copy (and I have a stack ready to give to friends for the holidays myself), you can purchase Moments of Seeing here.
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