Here for the Present: A Grammar of Happiness in the Present Imperfect, Live from the Poet’s Perch

By Barbara Mossberg. Pacific Grove Books, 2021. 

In this exuberant record of Barbara Mossberg engaging audiences from California to Finland, you will find poems, stories, memoir, humor, elegies, celebrations, travel narratives, rollicking speeches, nature rapture, literary tributes, cooking instructions, and love songs, among other riches. You will encounter mountains and mountain lions, rivers and herons, lost loved ones and found miracles. In her company, you will experience, as she does, moments “when the Universe will reveal itself … as something generous and good, some whiff of passing grace.” The aroma of wonder rises from every page. —Scott R. Sanders, author of The Way of Imagination