Lawrence Hussman’s voice is sometimes angry, sometimes wryly humorous, but always unflinchingly honest. Exploring the human condition, he writes about what it means and how it feels to live a life controlled by “our Maker, Chance”—a life which always ends with “callous Nature’s claim.” With poems of amazing variety, but unified by philosophical naturalism, Last Things describes formative experiences in the poet’s life, such as encounters with an elk, a cougar, and a lately hatched murre, as well as the significant losses of a great uncle, a close friend, and a lover.
“Now at this small hour, the music’s power spent,
I’m left to wonder where all those longings led,
what all this living meant.”
(from “Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler’s First Symphony”)
Readers cannot help joining Hussman’s quest for meaning.
—Betsy Hughes, author of Breaking Weather, Bird Notes, and Forest Bathing