Dr. Robert Moore, professor of English at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, who writes using what he describes as his Earth name, Red Hawk, has published a new book of poetry entitled The Way of the Wise Woman. The book is available from Hohm Press and Amazon.
Red Hawk has given public readings with such distinguished poets as Alan Ginsberg, U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, and Gary Snyder. His new book consists of 58 rhymed poems, each 10 lines long, which describe the inner qualities which arise from the awakening of the Divine Feminine, the Mother Spirit, within a human being of either gender. In the ancient spiritual traditions, this inner awakening of the Divine Feminine is said to be one of the results of the process by which the Soul comes to know Itself.
This is Red Hawk’s 11th book, among which is Self Observation: The Awakening of Conscience, a detailed prose analysis of the ancient spiritual practice of self observation/self remembering, called in the Christian tradition “witnessing,” and in Buddhism “mindfulness.” This book has now been published in 11 languages, including Chinese, Romanian, and French. It is part of a trilogy which also includes the prose book Self Remembering: The Path to Non-Judgmental Love and the book of poetry Return To the Mother, poems of self remembering/self observation based on the teachings of the ancient Chinese Master Lao Tsu’s Tao Te Ching. The Way of the Wise Woman is a follow-up to that trilogy, the Awakening of the Divine Feminine being one possible outcome of the Practice of Presence: self remembering/self observation.
The late renowned William Packard, long-time editor of the New York Quarterly, said of Red Hawk’s poetry: “Red Hawk is like Whitman…he can contain multitudes and yet he is always so authentically himself. Behind all these poems…is Red Hawk’s voice, haunting and stark, ironic and spare. These poems are desperately important to us all today because Red Hawk has that rarest of all virtues—Virgil had it, Dante had it, Shakespeare had it—a sense of civilization…(these are) miraculously crafted poems.”
Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gary Snyder said of Red Hawk’s book The Art of Dying, “[It] is an eye-opener—spiritual, native, populist. It is a set of poems of deep etiquette, music, pain, and muted ecstasy. Red Hawk’s is a powerful, wise, and down-home voice.”
From The Way of the Wise Woman:
The Wise Woman minds her tongue;
she knows that on careless words our fate is hung
and once spoken, the harm can’t be undone
but falls on barren ground like toxic dung
from which no fair fruit has ever sprung.
She quietly waits for a word fitly spoken
and until that arises, her silence is unbroken;
she grows in strength because she is reticent,
and others listen to one who is hesitant
to speak, like a clear bell seldom rung.
The Wise Woman practices humility and restraint,
does not lend herself to complaint,
and does not judge the affairs
of others because she knows she is no saint
but has the same flaws as her neighbor.
She does not boast or flaunt her behavior
nor does she wait for rescue by a savior,
but works for the good of all, repairs
what she breaks
and makes amends for her mistakes.