Oscillating between alienation and wholeness, Other Suns carves a path between light and darkness, grief and continuance. From the edges of violence and doubt to “ridiculous hope,” these poems are firmly grounded in both the material world and spiritual risk. Killelea’s clear lyrics speak to the ways in which land shapes perception, reminding us that natural space is, indeed, social space.
“A marsh of all places— Patricia Killelea abides in this wild realm, writes of its character with respectful human engagement, and searches—by listening—the flow, temper, song, and silence of its birds and water. It in the saturated earth of Northern California’s Montezuma Slough, where the poet lives deeply, Killelea is the sharpest spiritual eye. Her voice is important to all who would learn, from the very silt of Creation, how to navigate personal and ecological disasters with a bold and pure adherence to vision.”
-- Sandra McPherson
“In Other Suns, the poet takes us, in her words, to “this in-between place… we peel back to,” the heart’s place of “merging voices” and “life saying itself to life again.” As a reader, I have received gratefully the fog in my throat and my mouth, indeed, tastes this river.”
-- Inés Hernández-Avila