The Way In

By Linda Hogan b. 1947 Linda Hogan
Sometimes the way to milk and honey is through the body.
Sometimes the way in is a song.
But there are three ways in the world: dangerous, wounding,
and beauty.
To enter stone, be water.
To rise through hard earth, be plant
desiring sunlight, believing in water.
To enter fire, be dry.
To enter life, be food.

Linda Hogan, “The Way In” from Rounding the Human Corners. Copyright © 2008 by Linda Hogan. Reprinted by permission of Coffee House Press. www.coffeehousepress.org

Source: Rounding the Human Corners (Coffee House Press, 2008)

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Poet Linda Hogan b. 1947

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Subjects Living, Life Choices, The Body, The Mind

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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A Chickasaw novelist, essayist, and environmentalist, Linda Hogan was born in Denver, Colorado. She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and an MA in English and creative writing from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Hogan is the author of the poetry collections Calling Myself Home (1978); Daughters, I Love You (1981); Eclipse (1983); Seeing Through the Sun (1985), which won the . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Life Choices, The Body, The Mind

POET’S REGION U.S., Southwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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