Early Praise for Russell Rowland
“Dear Mr. Rowland, thank you for the poems you gave me … There is a lot happening here (i.e. in the poems), and I hope you will be able to give poetry some major attention. Clearly you already have. Yours truly, Donald Hall.”
—Postcard from Donald Hall, 14th U.S. Poet Laureate
Dr. Rowland is an artist at interweaving the threads of nature, with mankind’s journey through it, into a tapestry that connects the earthly to the spiritual. New Hampshire’s hills, streams and settlements form the panorama for his artistry. Surveying that scene, Rowland often peers through the present into the past, with its inhabitants and activities—as one reflects when coming across the old stone pasture walls that run through the Granite State’s deep second-growth woods.
—Shirley Anne Leonard, Editor, WestWard Quarterly magazine
Seven-time Pushcart Prize nominee Russell Rowland writes from New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, where he has judged high-school Poetry Out Loud competitions. His most recent book, Wooden Nutmegs (2020), is also available from Encircle Publications. He is a grandfather and a trail maintainer for the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. In Magnificat, his second full-length poetry collection, Rowland “magnifies,” in the traditional sense, that spiritual presence embodied by the hills and lake country of New Hampshire. Topography, habitats, and seasons provide abundance, as well as a healing renewal of life.