“The hallmark of a true poet is that he brings you into an intimacy with Nature, with pain, with joy and with the beauty of so-called ordinary things. You melt into his state of being and know it as your own. By this standard alone Matthew Crowley is a true poet.”
James O’Dea Author of Creative Stress and Cultivating Peace
I first heard it, out of the blue, coming from somewhere behind me on the mountain trail… A quiet, gentle baritone, speaking slowly, with the musical rhythm that is characteristic of poetry. The surprise of it didn’t slow me, or cause me to turn around; my ears embraced it easily, as if yet another gift of this magical landscape.
I had not known of the poetic side of this new friend who had volunteered to be guide and Sherpa on our recording expedition, but during the ensuing week his spontaneous declaimings and his voice became part of the fabric of this adventure. He was our “bard of North Crestone Lake.”
Now, a formidable collection of Matthew’s poems have migrated into print, and I regard this collection as an extension of what he came to refer to a “our ongoing conspiracy of joy.” I highly recommend these offerings from the path of Matthew Crowley’s unique and rich journey.
Paul Winter, musician
These poems document the author’s journey to find out who he is and what his life is for. The immense silences and stunning splendor of his Colorado mountain home bleed through his reflections and give much poignancy to these expressions of his voyage.
Reggie Ray, Spiritual Director, Dharma Ocean Foundation
The feelings are deep and beautiful. There are lots of tears, as happens in life. Lots of golden light. In Farsi, where Matthew Crowley draws his inspiration, poetry seems inseparable from the sacred. As it does here, each poem a hymn to the restlessness of a spirit feeling its way into the mystery.
Art Goodtimes – Poet, freelance writer, basketweaver, potato farmer and 5 term green party county commissioner of San Miguel County, CO
Matthew Crowley explores the edges of the material and the ephemeral, traveling by means of gratitude and questioning between physical expanses and the equal vastness of an interior world. It is into this luminous inner space that the poet’s sometimes sure, sometimes trembling hand makes an especially compelling guide.
Gussie Fauntleroy – award-winning journalist, writer, editor, and poet.
“To openly engage the world is no easy task. It is easy to retire into that which is certain, comfortable, and easily navigated. Matthew Crowley is an adventurous seeker who avoids the spiritual interstate and chooses instead to ride a long and meandering road into the edge lands. In this book, we follow him down inward two-lanes that can’t be googled. And we join him on byways that lead us into unfathomable and limitless wildness. This book is a generous and honest sharing of the conundrums and the wonders he has lived along the way.”
Peter Anderson, author—First Church of the Higher Elevations