In Matthew Haughton’s Stand in the Stillness of Woods, the inner life of a native Kentuckian is placed against the external life of that same landscape, and the two visions illuminate each other.
Leatha Kendrick says, “Matthew Haughton’s poems are the work of an observer keenly awake to ‘the darker nooks lurking at the edge of sight. Spare and alive in every cell, they reveal a watcher both rooted and ready to bolt, whose sensibility embraces tree and deer, the woods and what lives, hidden, inside it–‘as if the world was a single body.’ Wildness haunts Stand in the Stillness of Woods, tinged with threat and tense with absence. Deep love and deep unease coexist here, giving the book an elegiac feel,…”
Haughton’s book is available through Amazon.com. It would make a lovely Christmas gift, especially for those who love Appalachia and the mountain way of life.