Durango Herald Small Press

In the Shadow fo the Rocks

ISBN 978-1-887805-30-8

7.5” x 7.5” Hard Cover, 107 pages, Color
Price: $15.95


Intimate Landscape

The Four Corners in Poetry and Photography

Photographs by Claude Steelman
Poems by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

If the heart could make a topo map of the region where Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet, it might look something like this collaboration.

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and Claude Steelman lead us on a visual and sonic journey to mountains and deserts, ice falls and aspen forests, resonant canyons and silent fields.

Intimate Landscape is for anyone drawn to this wild country, for those who find resonance
with remote places, and for anyone wanting one more reason—or several dozen—
to fall more deeply in love with the world.

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From Susan Tweit, author of Walking Nature Home:

“When we say, ‘get to the heart of things,’ we mean revealing what is most important. This beautiful book dives right to the heart of what's important about our relationship to place and to each other: love, patience, adaptability, seeing the details, glorying in the whole—taking the time to be. To be open to every moment of every day. To be in love with life: imperfect, perilous, painful, shimmering, dazzling, full of joy. This book is a gift. Truly.”

Joan Logghe, Author of Rice and Blessed Resistance:

“Move over Gerard Manly Hopkins and Mary Oliver to make a seat for Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. She, too, is noticing the world and giving it sound, listening in both directions. The collaboration of image and language flows naturally, each to each.”

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Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer




Claude Steelman

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Poet and organic fruit grower Ms. Trommer lives in Southwest Colorado, where she serves as Poet Laureate of San Miguel County. Driven by a passion for connecting outer and interior landscapes, she teaches poetry for Young Audiences, The Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado and Camp Coca Cola. Her poetry collections include Holding Three Things at Once, (a finalist for the Colorado Book Award and finalist for the Colorado Independent Press Association Poetry Award); If You Listen (also winner of the Colorado Independent Press Association Poetry Award); Insatiable, and Suitcase of Yeses, an audio CD. She’s anthologized in What Wilderness This Is and Geography of Hope. Her MA in linguistics is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As mother to three children ranging in ages from 0 to 25, she relies on singing for her sanity and performs with a seven-woman a cappella group, Heartbeat.

Claude Steelman

Claude Steelman’s love for the outdoors led him to a career in nature photography. For the past twenty-five years he has traveled from the Arctic to the Central American rainforest capturing the beauty of nature on film. Claude’s images have been published in hundreds of publications worldwide, including National Wildlife magazine, Smithsonian magazine, Sierra Club Calendars, Field & Stream, Arizona Highways, National Geographic World, and Outdoor Life. Three of his photographs appear on the tails of Frontier Airlines planes. Claude’s cinematography has been featured in wildlife documentaries on the Discovery Channel, PBS, and the National Geographic Channel. His other books include Colorado for the First Time, Durango Country and Colorado’s Wild Horses, which is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award.


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