The variety of poems and subject matter in The Views from Mount Hunger is as broad as the view from the top of poet Marjorie Ryerson’s favorite Vermont mountain. The summit of that mountain allows hikers to witness breathtaking views in all directions. Similarly, these poems look in a broad array of directions, with subject matter that covers topics ranging from the natural world to climate change, from reflections on the past to healing, hope, and humor about the present. Ryerson’s lyrical and articulate words ebb and flow musically, speaking for and reflecting the lives of many of us.
Marjorie Ryerson is an author, writing professor, journalist, photographer, and poet. A tenured professor at Castleton State College in Vermont, she also taught poetry for Middlebury's New England Young Writers Conference, and served as a lecturer for the Vermont Humanities Council for her 2005 book Companions for the Passage: Stories of the Intimate Privilege of Accompanying the Dying. Her art photography book, Water Music, won international recognition, and most recently, she served as a Vermont State Representative. She is a graduate from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.
“Marjorie Ryerson observes the natural world with bold scrutiny in The Views From Mount Hunger
. . . As an unabashed witness to mortal consciousness, she reminds her readers with a manifold array of literal and figurative examples that "this present moment is all that we have.” —Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate of Vermont from 2015 to 2019, and the author of seven books of poetry
“The Views from Mount Hunger
, is a delight. Ryerson has a profound, intuitive understanding of the natural world . . . Music and musicians appear throughout: including several tributes to Mahler that evoke barn swallows, tides, winds, mist, and light. . . . It is a collection no thoughtful reader should miss.” —Reeve Lindbergh, author of Under a Wing; a Memoir
and No More Words: A Journal of My Mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“Marjorie Ryerson is a thoughtful poet who finds beauty in nature and meaning in ordinary observations of daily life. The reader can find pleasure in opening up this rich collection of her work.” —Madeleine Kunin, former Vermont three-term governor and author of Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties
and Red Kite, Blue Sky: Poems