Welcome to the March Blue Heron Speaks Feature! We are so fortunate to shine a spotlight this month on the poetry of Hayden Saunier, author of Tips for Domestic Travel (Black Lawrence Press, 2009), Say Luck (Big Pencil Press, 2013), and Field Trip to the Underworld (Seven Kitchens Press, 2015).
Images so rich, they melt like honey on the tongue. Every poem feels like a dance, and Hayden Saunier provides the music. Nature’s presence in these poems is at once tender and protective. We are guided to navigate our own roads of memory with great sensitivity. The reader will want to exist in these poems. Hayden Saunier creates new worlds with her words.
Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author Page of our site, to read three sample poems, by Hayden Saunier, and to learn more about her books.
Hayden Saunier is the author of three poetry collections: Tips for Domestic Travel, Say Luck, which won the 2013 Gell Poetry Prize, and Field Trip to the Underworld, winner of the Keystone Chapbook Award. She has been published in a wide variety of journals including 5 a.m., Bellevue Literary Review, Drunken Boat, Nimrod, Rattle, Smartish Pace, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Tar River Poetry, and Verse Daily. Her work has been awarded the Pablo Neruda Prize, Rattle Poetry Prize, and the Robert Fraser Award. She is also an actress with credits that include The Sixth Sense, House of Cards, Hack, Do No Harm, the voice of a broken-down stove for Ikea, and dozens of roles in the theatre. She lives on a farm outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. www.haydensaunier.com
Hayden: It’s because you “stopped and stood…” which is why it “seemed as good a place as any.” When we pause to observe, to absorb, we are rewarded. I like your voice, your style, your work. May you always be grateful for your gifts and talents. ~ Richard Havenga