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Books and Recording by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

The Nature of Love
(ARPIPE Records, 2002)

“A recording is the next best thing to live poetry,” says Rosemerry. “I love listening to CDs of other poets in my car—hearing the words with the writer’s own inflection and interpretation makes poetry really come to life.” This collection of 19 original poems and 7 a cappella folk songs focuses on love and landscape. Poems include selections from Lunaria and If You Listen, plus previously unpublished works.

“Charming sorcery. … Trommer possesses a nicely tuned sense of human emotions and their echoes in the natural world. When so many writers have turned a cynical eye toward love and passion, she celebrates our deep need for these powerful energies. One of the strongest poetry performers west of the Pecos.” – Telluride Magazine


From the album cover …

There are divine moments when we completely resonate with the world around us—when we feel connected to the land, to people. Perhaps we’re sitting quietly beside a river, getting lost (and found) in the white laughter of thin waves. Perhaps we’re falling asleep to the steady rise and fall of our partner’s breath. For me, moments such as these define love. Words talk around these moments, but even the best metaphor can never really get to love’s essence. To be understood, love must be felt.

As a poet, the inherent inadequacy of words to describe love can be frustrating. But what pleasure in the attempt! Poetry asks us to be as aware and sensitive as possible—an invitation to vulnerability. However, when we open ourselves to the world around us, its mysteries and savagery, we begin to see how the natural world mirrors our inner nature. Then the moments of connection occur more frequently.

An example: One day I saw a boulder beside the road with a wild rose bush growing out of it—blooming, no less—despite the lack of fertile soil. It reminded me of a grieving man I’d met who was very afraid of being hurt again. He hardened himself to the point that everything he said sounded ugly. In the poem “Rising from Rock,” the wild rose is a metaphor for the ability to create beauty and be loving in spite of difficult conditions.

Another example: “Lunaria.” One evening my husband and I strolled to the east end of the Telluride valley. As we walked, the moon rose over Ajax Peak. The fact that the moon rose is no surprise, but that night I found comfort in knowing the moon will always rise and realized that this is the kind of dependability I strive to give my husband.

When we let it, the world reveals itself to us. We make connections and poetry happens—whether we write about it or not. For a brief moment, we resonate with our purpose, our place. That moment—with all its ephemeral wisdom and warmth—that moment of connection is love. And though these poems and songs can’t fully recreate the connection, sink into the silence that follows them. In that split second, love breathes. 



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Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
P.O. Box 86   Placerville, Colorado  81430
Phone:  970-729-1838