Publications

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Books

The Wider Lens, Ice River Press, 2004

Siesta Lane, Skyhorse Press, 2009

Hermit Thrush, Inkwater Press, 2016 


Reviews of Hermit Thrush

In these days we can feel orphaned from mother Earth, blocked by digital toys from the old true play of cell and spirit, but by good fortune we have the lens of Amy Minato's poetry to find our way back to right relation. Because her poems are compact and finely tuned, they will fit in your life as jewels of song.

                   --Kim Stafford, author of Having Everything Right: Essays of Place (Pharos, 2016)


Lush, sensuous, and clear, these tenderhearted poems explore the correspondence between wildlife’s myriad courtships and the singular intimacy of human existence. Hermit Thrush celebrates the miracle of our earth, the seasons, and every sort of creature from spittlebug to ruby-crowned kinglet. And as the poet surrenders to the fleeting bliss of the mortal body, the attentive reader finds a world in which love and nature are “merged and magnified.” 

—Richard Jones, author of The Blessing


If you love Pattiann Rogers and Mary Oliver but don't yet know Amy Minato, you have a thrilling discovery coming. Delicious with the details of the actual living world and richly sensual, these poems are always surprising. Minato's keen wit and perception let her to make fresh connections that most of us miss, and her naturalist's sharp eye is matched by a bright, fluid, and unforgettable voice. The poems in Hermit Thrush nourish and delight me as much as any new verse I've read in years.

--Robert Michael Pyle, author of Evolution of the Genus Iris and Chinook & Chanterelle


Cinematic, sensual, timeless, immediate - Amy Minato’s poetry echoes vignettes from the wilds of nature and the deep well of the human heart. Poised to forge the alchemy between human nature and the natural world, Hermit Thrush is more than a book of poems, it is a rare elixir of connection in a thirsty world. 

~ Kate Power, Folksinger


Reviews of Siesta Lane

“Equal parts sweet and serious ... will make many folks think about their lives in new ways.”

Bill McKibben, author of THE END OF NATURE


“A wonderful story of relilience and change. It touches the soul."

Bernd Heinrich, author of MIND OF THE RAVEN


“An evocative record of a year in the woods and an interesting study in enacting one’s beliefs.”

Kirkus Reviews


“Minato’s lyrical prose tosses off beguiling evocations of the landscape and flora around her…”

Publishers Weekly


“A treat ... we could all learn something we need to know; live simpler, live better.”

Robert Michael Pyle, author of SKY TIME IN GRAY’S RIVER


“SIESTA LANE is “a beguiling story of self-discovery filled with the enchantments of the land and the body. Amy Minato brings readers to new levels of insight and a glorious sense of joy."

Diana Abu-Jaber, author of ARABIAN JAZZ and CRESCENT


  • Check out this blog entry about Siesta Lane.
  • Click here for a downloadable .pdf of a book club study guide for Siesta Lane.


Journals

Wallowa County Anthology

Iris, A Journal About Women

Windfall

From Here We Speak: An Anthology of Oregon Poetry

Wilderness Magazine

Madison Review

Silverfish Review

We’ Moon Calendar

Wild Earth

Cimarron Review

Fireweed

Voice Catcher 2 Anthology

Organization and Environment

VoiceCatcher Anthology

Out of Line

Ronde Dance

Blessings For Mothers Anthology

Oregonian Poetry Corner

Voice Catcher 2 Anthology

Wild Earth

Poetry East

Freshwater

Windfall

Out of Line

Poetry East

Mothering

Walking Bridges Using Poetry as a Compass

Cottonwood

Restoration and Management Notes

Voice Catcher 2 Anthology

Poetry International

VoiceCatchers Anthology

Deer Drink the Moon Anthology

Oregonian Poetry Corner

Midwifery Today

From Here We Speak: An Anthology of Oregon Poetry

Restoration and Management Notes

Silverfish Review

Organization and Environment

Ronde Dance

Silverfish Review

Fireweed

Restoration and Management Notes

Breitenbush Magazine

Wild Earth

Cimarron Review

Cimarron Review

Hard Love: An Anthology on Violence &Intimacy

Hard Love: An Anthology on Violence & Intimacy

Seneca Review

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