• Series: New Series 06
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-916272-79-1
  • ISBN-10: 0-916272-79-6
  • Pages: 94
  • Size: 3.125 x 6.0 x 8.0 in
  • Price: $12.95

Saving the Appearances

Liz Waldner

Saving the Appearances recounts a quest for wholeness, the Truth that abides in and reveals the heart. Seeking to discover “the true form of the edifice of the world,” a building both containing and accounting for—saving—the appearances encountered on the way, these poems evince the mystery of the act of seeing, the beauty of the natural world, and the power of the longing that engenders its contemplation.

Saving the Appearances


On the way I see
the trees are glazed.
I open my mouth and breathe
to show them my vapor.


I did it to speak
the language of ice
or the language of white,
I don't have to know.


On the path, the prints
of animal feet.
A metrics of animals
scanned by the snow.


Where being and being
seen coincide,
often the world
is cold.


Copyright © 2004 by Liz Waldner

“…[N]o contemporary poet shows more wild individuality, more gusto (“truth of character…in the highest degree in which the subject is capable”—Hazlitt) than Liz Waldner. She has become one of the most convincing and most inspiring of our poets.” —Stephen Burt, Slope

“Rarely does one find such vulnerability and sadness so luxuriantly, inventively dressed out, so playful, so cured.” —John Reider, Tinfish

Liz Waldner received a B.A. in philosophy and mathematics from St. John's College, Annapolis; studied at the French School at Middlebury College and received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was a Regents Fellow in the Communication Department at the University of California, San Diego, and has taught at Bard, The Writers Workshop, Tufts, Cornell College, and Hugo House, among others.

She is the author of eight poetry collections, most recently Play (Lightful Press) and Trust (winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition). Her collection, Dark Would (the missing person) (University of Georgia Press), was the winner of the Contemporary Poetry Series; her collection, Self and Simulacra won the Beatrice Hawley Award;  her collection, A Point Is That Which Has No Part, received the Iowa Poetry Prize and the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Other honors include grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boomerang Foundation, the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry, the Poetry Society of America's Robert M. Winner Memorial Award. and the Barbara Deming Memorial Award, and fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Djerassi Foundation, Centrum, Hedgebrook, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Villa Montalvo, Fundación Valparaiso and the MacDowell Colony.

Composers in the US and Europe have set her work to music; she collaborates with visual artists, as well. Her poetry is published in diverse venues, including Ploughshares, Poetry, The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, The Journal, Parnassus West, Harvard Divinity School Bulletin, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, Iowa Review and VOLT.