Red Smoke - Dawn Wind
Releasing the Days
RED SMOKE DAWN WIND
1. John's Song - an old man's disappearance
This recording is dedicated to Steve, Karlen and Eunice
Stephen Meadows is a Californian of Ohlone Indian and pioneer descent. His work has appeared most recently in the anthology, "The Dirt is Red Here" from Heyday Books in Berkely California. Ten of the seventeen poems found here have been previously published and one of his poems graces a bronze plaque in the city of San Francisco. Stephen is a folk music DJ at KFOK Community Radio and holds a Masters Degree from San Francisco State University. He lives with hls wife and son in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada
Releasing the Days
A native poet's first collection
Releasing the Days is the first collection of poetry drawn from over thirty years of Stephen Meadowss work. Crafted from his sense of place and grounded in ocean, orchard, and rock, his poems strip down life to its bare essentials.
Memory joins hands with the reeds and the smell of matches. An old woman leans on a walnut tree beside a house half-haunted with unuttered toils. And the moon slips past the bruised Nevada mountains echoing the nights journey from the sun.
Characterized by a profound connection to the past and the stark magnificence of the present, Releasing the Days leaves an imprint that remains long after weve passed the roadside barn swallowed up by grass and time.
In these quiet, clear-sighted poems, Stephen Meadows reminds us to
look carefully outside ourselves to seek answers to our human questions and
nudges us to open our eyes to the daily wonders of our world.
Stephen Meadows has a true gift for poetry. He wrote In the Water
over Stones for his great-aunt Isabel Meadows, who left behind a rich
body of Ohlone cultural knowledge. Now Stephen offers up his own gift to
us all, expressing his very human and very California experience.
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