Poetry. The poems reflect the broadest public concerns, yet remain sharply personal and lyrical, even musical. Some sing the glory of our planet's natural systems and the "near-mythological" challenges they face, while others hymn natural places and sounds that bring the reader solace. The exception is the penultimate poem, "By Azure Huron's Shore," a long imaginative leap into the voice of Walt Whitman, as if Whitman had written about healing the global climate crisis instead of healing the nation after the Civil War.
After a career in academia, advertising and journalism as an editorial writer at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where he won several Page One awards for excellence, Lenfestey has published poetry, reviews and articles, plus a book of essays. He is the author of EARTH IN ANGER: TWENTY-FIVE POEMS OF LOVE AND DESPAIR FOR PLANET EARTH (Red Dragonfly Press, 2013). Lenfestey is co-founder of the Ojai Poetry Festival in Ojai, CA. He also chairs the Literary Witnesses poetry program in Minneapolis. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, the political writer Susan Lenfestey. They have four children and four grandchildren.Author City: MINNEAPOLIS, MN USA