Arc of Your Thunder
COLLECTED LOVE POEMS
by Tyler Henshaw
by Tyler Henshaw
Romantic, antic, playful, compassionate, sensual, suggestive, and heartbreaking these odysseys of the passionate heart provide passage for curious readers who are given an unusual ride out of the ordinary station of the syrupy, predictable, traditional fair in the normal reaches of contemporary romance poetry. Delighted passengers bounce along with quickened pulses and wider eyes at this heart-driven cavalcade, though often the settings are ordinary and relatable as these empathetic, emblematic testimonies share the human condition and its relationships of romantic exploration and celebration.
— John McCabe, Poet and Artist
Cover photography by Velizar Ivanov
About the author
Born, raised and educated in California, Tyler Henshaw landed a job teaching English in Petersburg, Alaska in 1973—a small, remote, island, and fishing village in the heart of Southeast Alaska. During that time, his poems began being published in national literary magazines. In 1981 Solo Press in central California published a chapbook also entitled Through the Rain Glass, poems set in Alaska reflecting the natural beauty and uniqueness of place. Through the Rain Glass, Collected Poems 1973-1988 is a compilation of all his published poems during those Alaska years.
In 2000 Tyler began spending winters in Lo de Marcos, México. He settled there full time in 2008 where he seeks inspiration at Playa Los Venados.
Through the Rain Glass
COLLECTED POEMS 1972-1988
“In the creeks, sloughs, and forest shadows, in the stars, branches, ravens, and trout, readers come to know our world and ourselves. The setting is definitely Southeast Alaska, but that setting transports and frees us. The very specificity is what makes these poems alive, no matter where we live, no matter what particular landscape we inhabit. They are poems that help us to see and to expand. They are as tight and strong as fiddlehead ferns pushing through dark forest soil to a large and leafy unfurling. They light up the deep woods with special meaning. They beckon us: Come, look more closely.”
— Sheila Nickerson, Alaska Poet