Raymond Pelly, author
Heartscapes explores ‘the greater love’ we see in people and the world around us. The ‘heart’ poems are the prayers of a contemplative set in the context of a long life that has known tragedy and suffering as well as love and many friendships. Heartscapes also includes salty wisdom about real life, love poems, stories, eco-poems, poems inspired by animals, translations, poems in memory of loved ones – and much more. It thus resonates with all the living, human and animate that I encounter, as well as the landscape and seascape we are blessed with in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Hand in hand with indigenous peoples, Maori, Aboriginal, Pacific, I’m trying to recover a sense of the sacred we have lost in our western science- and info-based culture.