Honoring the Stones

Trade Paper – $16.95

ISBN 978-1-931896-03-0
Publication Date
April 2004
Page Count
68 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

Honoring the Stones

James O'Hern

Honoring the Stones is an exciting debut book by a man in mid-life seeking a primal vision of unity through the metaphor of stone. These poems tell the story of a boy's deep engagement with the world of nature, his desire to honor the Earth, pay homage to his mother, and to fulfill her wish that he learn who he is and where he comes from. Rich in his use of mythology, his Irish heritage and his memories of the Texas border country, the author calls on the use of Spanish, Nahuatl, and Gaelic to expand his ethnic boundaries as he seeks connection with the ancient past.

Though the poems can stand alone as well-wrought lyrics, together they narrate a life-long spiritual quest for peace and understanding.

About the Author

James O'Hern grew up on a ranch in Laredo, Texas, where, as a boy, he was mentored and profoundly influenced by a Mexican Mestizo who introduced him to the world of myth and Indian lore. He attended Kemper Military School in Missouri, SMU in Texas, and the NYU Graduate School of Business. His poems have appeared in Spillway, OnTheBus, and Rattle. He is also a filmmaker and has collaborated with the performance artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña on multiple projects. With Vicuña, he is the president and cofounder of Oysi, Inc., a nonprofit organization helping indigenous cultures preserve their poetic traditions. He lives in New York City.

"O'Hern's remarkable first book of poems takes the reader on a spiritual journey from the poet's childhood on the Texas-Mexican border to his adulthood in Ireland as he searches for a sacred stone for his mother's grave." —MultiCultural Review

"I'd like to go out on an idealistic limb here and suggest that the importance of this book is that in documenting such a personal spiritual journey, O'Hern's poems speak to the possibilities of a broader journey towards peace for all of humanity." —Jon David Andersen, The Café Review