Here are Judy Hogan’s two newest books! One is poetry and other a Penny Weaver mystery.
In Those Eternally Linked Lives Judy Hogan’s lines rise and fall in reveries of psalm-like lyrics: “Loving you was never easy, but I regret nothing.” Looking back, letting the words find themselves, Hogan turns love to beauty. Her magnificent hymn sings itself.
–Shelby Stephenson, Poet Laureate of North Carolina
If you’ve ever been afraid to die, read Judy Hogan’s “Those Eternally Linked Lives.” Here, in 30 deft poems, we are carried along with Hogan as she encounters loss, aging, and illness. But she comes through it all with such grace and humility, we are left breathless with delight and hope. Hogan clearly believes in poetry as revelation: “The human spirit has been here before. We know how to die if we have to.”
–Joanie McLean, author of Place and Up From Dust
Judy Hogan reminds us over and over again that we need to put our egos to rest and simply serve the poem. Those Eternally Linked Lives allows the reader to bear witness through a graceful but intentional lens; allowing only the right images to filter through.
This collection of gentle poems bear and wear their craft lightly but deliver identifiable truths. They offer questions and subtle declarations; a wellspring of good medicine for all of our hearts.
“You said that one must travel a long road to reach the heart. How far have we come now?”
Those Eternally Linked Lives show us how the heart travels despite the dangers of social and political interruptions, loss, and heartbreak. Startlingly transparent and sensuously opaque all at once, these poems are rooted deeply in the soil of the natural world and the celebration of the everydayness of living. –Jaki Shelton Green, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Masks, Conjure Blues; 2009 Piedmont Poet Laureate
Tormentil Hall is like a visit with an old friend. Penny, Kenneth, Derek and Sammie Hargrave, are drawn into a murder when a fellow guest is found dead and Derek is arrested. Penny and Sammie work to find the real murderer. Well-developed, familiar characters, with new and interesting ones, lead the reader, clue by clue, to the solution. Vivid descriptions of Gower, fascinating historical anecdotes transport the reader to Wales.
–Pat Dawson, owner of Paperbacks Plus, Siler City, NC
Fans of Judy Hogan’s mystery series will be satisfied with this latest challenge to Penny’s sleuthing skills, set again on the Gower Peninsula of Wales. Hogan presents the fears of characters who have built a multi-racial community in an historically divided society only to experience anxiety among provincial people who have rarely seen people of color. We search for a murderer while enlarging our understanding of these all-too-human characters.
–Sharon D. Ewing, author of Nocturnes for the Right Brain Alone
Judy Hogan and Penny Weaver share with the reader their love of the Gower Peninsula–its beaches, cliffs, and green land–one of five “Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty” in Wales. A wonderful setting for this latest mystery and its complex human relationships.
–Helen Atwood, Coventry, U.K.
For more information: judyhogan at mindspring.com.