I am pleased to announce the launch of Fleeting Moments of Fierce Clarity in audio edition! This is the first audio book release from Homebound Publications. We will be releasing all my titles in audio edition over the next 6 months as well as many other wonderful selections from fellow Homebound authors. It is, in a way, suiting that this collection should come first of all my works. This little book has grown to have a special place in people’s hearts. It was released in October of 2012 and since then has gathered some modest praise, including 2 Pushcart Prize nominations for the selections: “The Boat-Rocker” and “Over the Long Day, During the Sacred Night”. When time came to make the audio edition, I knew we had to find the right actor to do the narration. We needed a reader who could go from ironically funny to solemn and serious. We put out a casting call and finally found the very talented Rachel Stander. Rachel’s reading adds a whole new layer of meaning to my words. Download it today from Amazon, iTunes or Audible. It is the perfect companion for your summer travels!
About the Book
Fleeting moments of fierce clarity are had when the confusion clears and the gray numbness that hangs about our senses draws back, allowing us to see the world and ourselves with sharp relief. Follow author and New England native L.M. Browning in her wanderings across the Northeast, from the solitude of her home along the shore of Connecticut, to the rushing city streets of Boston, to the tall-pine landscape of Arcadia Park in Rhode Island to the quiet edges of Walden Pond.
“This generation’s New England Transcendentalist.”
— Frank Owen, creator of Bodhiyatra Poetry
“Thoreau, that great New England saunterer who serves as one of the inspirations for L. M. Browning’s new book, advised never to underestimate the value of a fact, for it one day might flower into a truth. Facts flowering into truths are what one finds on every page herein. Browning’s gift is to see the miraculous in the commonplace, and readers will leave her poems and journal entries the wiser and more human. This is no small gift.”
— Philip F. Gura, author of American Transcendentalism: A History
“L.M.Browning’s rich little book invites the reader to face our common “fear [of] the silence” and take a courageous breath. Her Fleeting Moments may not always bring a contented clarity, yet presents an open journal of a journey within, to fiercely face that silence, and dare to walk beyond it into deeper woods where we can embrace some kind of natural sacredness. This is a celebration through suffering, a seeking beyond the search, and a pathway into a welcome unknown. At times the prose itself becomes poetry, and there are delightful glimmers of the New England life many of us only dream of. One imagines Emerson and Fuller including gifts from this book in The Dial.”
—Chris Highland, author of Meditations of Henry David Thoreau and My Address is a River
“As a New England native, L.M. Browning and I share an environmental relationship. She speaks to the seeker in me, the young boy scouring the woodlands for the answers I already have, for the validation of simply “being”. Courageous, she reveals a well-worn path of redirection and self-evaluation leading us toward a resonant verbiage that dissipates just as profoundly as it arrives. Inside us lies the cure and the curiosity, and Browning empowers us to recover our own composition and reconstitute it boldly into our realities. Between her own emboldened poetic lines beats the heart-mind of an awakened seeker, re-awakening daily as invitation to share this Journey together, one page at a time. Fleeting Moments will only inspire.”
— Keith M. Cowley, author of Presence and Environmental Connection
Author: L.M. Browning grew up in a small fishing village in Connecticut. A longtime student of religion, nature and philosophy these themes permeate her work. Browning is a award-winning author and wildlife artist. In 2010 she wrote a Pushcart Prize nominated contemplative poetry series: Oak Wise: Poetry Exploring an Ecological Faith, Ruminations at Twilight: Poetry Exploring the Sacred and The Barren Plain: Poetry Exploring the Reality of the Modern Wasteland. In late 2011 she celebrated the release of her first full-length novel: The Nameless Man. Browning is a graduate of the University of London and a Fellow with the League of Conservationist Writers. She is partner at Hiraeth Press—an independent publisher of ecological titles. She is Co-Founder and Associate Editor of, Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics as well as Founder and Executive Editor of The Wayfarer: A Journal of Contemplative Literature. In 2011 Browning opened Homebound Publications—an independent publisher of contemplative literature based in New England. Her latest title, Fleeting Moments of Fierce Clarity: Journal of a New England Poet, is a journal of her daily contemplative life along the shores of Connecticut and her travels throughout the Northeast.
Read by: Rachel Stander was born and raised in Bellevue, Washington. After high school, she moved first to New York City to study dance at Barnard College, then to Los Angeles to focus on theater studies at the University of Southern California. Rachel is an avid reader, a self-taught photographer, and an animal lover. She currently lives in Los Angeles, working as an actress in film, television, and voice-over. More info at: www.rachelstander.com.
Fleeting Moments of Fierce Clarity
Journal of a New England Poet by L.M. Browning
Read by by Rachel Stander