Northwest Poet Sherry Rind’s The Store-House of Wonder and Astonishment


Following natural history writings from Aristotle to Darwin, The Store-House of Wonder and Astonishment celebrates the combination of discovery and error passed along for nearly two thousand years. Into this mix comes the repressive influence of the Church on scientific thinking, followed by European colonial attitudes in the New World. But underlying the sense of superiority over people as disparate as Jews, the Irish, and indigenous tribes was the everlasting human yearning for wonder in the natural world with its creatures both real and imagined. Winner of the 2020 Eyelands International Book Award

“Rind’s book of poetry expands our literary heritage from the dominant outlook. With precise language, stunning imagery, and a visceral voice, The Store-House of Wonder and Astonishment juxtaposes the beauty and secrets of the natural world with the cruelty and violence of the man-made world we know today. A beautiful work and an experience to read.” Pen + Brush

“Sherry Rind’s book of poetry, THE STORE-HOUSE OF WONDER AND ASTONISHMENT, is a dance to the music of time–old time. By turns whimsical and profound, but always original, Rind re-imagines the imagination in which early naturalists and explorers viewed the opening world around them. In their originality, pacing, wordplay, and marvelous erudition, these poems are not only eminently readable, but re-readable, as poetry should be.” Alfred Alcorn is the author of fourteen novels, including Sugar Mountain


Sherry Rind’s poetry books are The Hawk in the Back Yard (Anhinga Award), A Fall Out the Door (King County Arts Award, Confluence Press), and Between States of Matter (The Poetry Box Select, 2020). Chapbooks are The Whooping Crane Dance and A Natural History of Grief.  She has received grants and awards from the Seattle and King County Arts Commissions, Pacific Northwest Writers, National Endowment for the Arts, and Artist Trust.  Near Seattle, she lives with Airedale terriers, chickens, cockatiels, and a corn snake. She would like to keep a goat.

“In this collection of compelling persona poems, Sherry Rind gives voice to both the natural dignity and intelligence of animals, and to man’s hubris which has shaped our relationships with them. Filled with deep compassion for other lives, these lyrical and often ironic poems show us how often humans “narrowed in their single element” do not comprehend the varied ways of knowing in the non-human world. In this time in which widespread distrust of science has taken hold, her exploration of ancient writers’ outlandish beliefs is a poetic mirror on our own ignorance. “Because you cannot hear/you do not know how the earth talks to itself.” The Storehouse of Wonder and Astonishment  is a treasure trove of lyrical insight.” –Alicia Hokanson,  author of Perishable World, Mapping the Distance, and Insistent in the Skin

“An exquisitely written, compelling body of poems that anchors the world of animals to our transcendent human longing to know them, save them, be them. Or, at least, be as wildly innocent. “We find the wild lands better than dreams.” Rind has skillfully created something original, a body of lyrical poems that read like rich, lavishly rich, gifts of delicate grace. The overall impression is that of a triumphant acknowledgment of animal life that takes the reader to a place of deep empathy and all-embracing tenderness. “Among us, their eyes stop rolling and they bend their long necks to the grass.” Mary Lou Sanelli, author of The Immigrant’s Table, Among Friends, and Every Little Thing.

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