Spiritual Reflections on Aging – A Collection of Poetry and Photographs
What does an old fence in a California field have in common with the poetry of Rilke's Ninth Duino Elegy?
In her new book, Journal of a Steadfast Fence, Seena Frost's early morning walks through orchards and fields are transformed by an unexpected "conversation" with an old fence who becomes her spiritual companion along the way.
It all began as Seena was reciting a line of Rilke poetry on her daily walk.
...Perhaps we are here in order to say: house, bridge, fountain, gate, pitcher, fruit-tree, window — At most: column, tower… But to say them, you must understand, Oh to say them more intensely than the Things themselves ever dreamed of existing...
Immediately she "heard" a startling reply from a fence (who became known as "The Mystic") beside her who "chimed in with the word “fence” as an addition to Rilke’s list. “How about praising us? How about noticing us?”
So began a creative process of journaling and photography that gave birth to Seena's new book celebrating the unity of the sacred and the ordinary in our lives. Seena's poetry speaks in turn with the voices of many parts of this fence about the experience of aging. Each poem is illustrated with a photo of that part of the fence.
Journal of a Steadfast Fence distills big concepts, such as spirituality and aging, into an "experiential essence" of poetic, visual and soulful reflection, spiced lightly with a dash of whimsy and delight. Frost's creative imagination sparks insight and revelation. This small gem belongs in the category of special, unique books -- the ones that we keep next to our beds and give as gifts to our friends and family as a reminder of how to live and age with grace.
"Listen with your heart; that’s the only way to know an aging fence."
Seena talks about her new book on YouTube.
** Seena Frost on Aging
** Seena walks the Strawberry Fields that inspired this book.
To request a review copy or an interview, contact Kylea Taylor at 831-459-6855
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<p> Listen to Seena reading her favorite poem, "The Mystic Speaks of Love."</p>