A selection of poems from Habitation in this issue.
Habitation: Collected Poems of Sam Hamill can be
ordered from his publisher Lost Horse
Interview with Sam Hamill in a
No one—I mean no one ever—has done the momentous work of presenting poetry better than Sam Hamill. His poetry is no less than essential.
When future generations want to know the truth of these times, they will turn to the words of Sam Hamill. This poet is a visionary—the kind of visionary who rolls up his sleeves and gets to work. In his, Ars Poetica, he writes: We go down to the sea and set sail/ for a world beyond war, / knowing we will never find it./ We are not heroes./ We sail The Justice and The Mercy/ because these boats need rowing. In these poems of justice and mercy, with great clarity of thought and language, Sam Hamill defines a culture of conscience.
Sam Hamill has reached the category of a National Treasure though I doubt hed like the idea.
Sam Hamill is a writer unabashedly taking his place within the community of literature and the community of all sentient beings—his fidelity is to the magnificent truth of existence, and to its commensurate singing.
The shape of Sam Hamills mind is the shape of both a revolutionary and a monk at work. His sacred text is poetry.
—Terry Tempest Williams
Habitation: Collected Poems of Sam Hamill