Shelley Armitage - A Habit of Landscape


Award-winning author and poet Shelley Armitage returns to Big Blend Radio to discuss her new poetry book, “A Habit of Landscape.” Watch here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on Acast.

A Habit of Landscape celebrates the convergent meanings of habit and habitat, each sharing the root words, “to dwell.”  These poems hold sensate moments—family experiences, inner revelations, transformative places.  A realized kinship between the human and natural worlds signals the inclusiveness of place.  Not something “out there,” this shared space—personal or global—often surprises in the poem’s turn.  Like flash narratives these poems contain worlds in the vibrating fabric of the instant—forgotten, dismissed, unseen.  Whether an elegy for a brother, an encounter with a pronghorn, or the whispers surrounding adoption, these lyric pieces speak to the sacrality of the moment.


Shelley Armitage, a professor, writer, naturalist, and conservationist, lives in the Chihuahuan desert near Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is author of eight award-winning books, most recently “Walking the Llano: A Texas Memoir of Place,” a Kirkus starred book cited as one of the best memoirs in 2017 and a finalist for the May Sarton prize, the New Mexico-Arizona book award, and the Collins P. Carr award from the Texas Institute of Letters. 



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