Pamela Harrison is author of six poetry collections.
WHAT TO MAKE OF IT
(WordTech Communications, 2012)
What to Make of It is a tour through personal and external history, tracing the development of a relationship against the backdrop of the later 20th century. Harrison's powerful poems give narrative and lyric voice to larger forces, tracing how they intertwine through individual lives.
“Lusciously descriptive and unerringly musical, Pamela Harrison’s book, What to Make of It, plumbs the depths of how beauty and suffering, fecundity and frailty, the exotic and the intimate, conspire to illuminate nature and culture and our own bruised and bruising human part in their complexities. These poems dive deep, again and again deeper, to express longing for a better world.”
OUT OF SILENCE
(David Robert Books, 2009)
Pamela Harrison’s unsentimental and unsparing portrait of her parents makes Out of Silence a compelling and memorable collection, one that redeems a rich story from silence.
"In Out of Silence, Pamela Harrison goes down into the darkness of her parents’ love story and returns, not with a child’s pity or blame, but with poems that are frank, compassionate, tender, and shocking. How rare and how moving to encounter Harrison’s clarity, acceptance and resolution. She’s the real thing.”
(David Robert Books, 2005)
The chorus of voices, at once tough and intimate, that sing the poems of this collection, tell a multi-generational story of family life in Oklahoma. Pamela Harrison’s Okie Chronicles is a memorable portrait of life enduring, and triumphing, in hard country.
“In the Dust Bowl of the 30’s, Okies traveled west away from hopelessness. Here we see the second and third generations, man, woman, and child, poem by poem, in hard times but also beautiful in the illuminated detail that is the work of poetry.”
(David Robert Books, 2004)
Stereopticon is Pamlea Harrison's first full-length collection. The cool elegance of her poems does not signify a detachment from their subjects but instead a cold, probing eye into their deep interiors. As with the stereopticon of the book's title, no dimension of her poetic subjects escapes Harrison's intent gaze.
"Pamela Harrison's poetic landscape is as intimate as her own corner of Vermont and exotic and alien as Uganda in the first year of Idi Amin's brutal reign. The accuracy of her images, the sharpness of her senses, her acute and inclusive observation earn our confidence."
—Sydney Lea, Vermont Poet Laureate
(Pudding House, 2002)
Pudding House has published greatest hits collections from some of the best poets across the American Landscape. Poets in the series write about their lives, education, teaching and presentations. The poets have been asked to write about the lives of poems as well. The series celebrates poetry's place in our culture and honors the artists whose lines elevate American's poetic sensibilities.