Peggy Pond Church spent most of her life among the mountains and mesas of New Mexico… her profound sense of place is evident in her poetry and prose.


RETURN TO A LANDSCAPE by Peggy Pond Church

Oh these are plains that summon
something like music to a man’s blood,
a surge, a deep-sea swelling.
Doors open within him on a far space
broken only by morning and evening.
A feeling of wildness
knocks at his unaccustomed heart.
It is as though a released bird
remembered the use of wings.
The sloping grasslands
waken ancient nomadic dreams.
Visions of grazing herds begin to shimmer;
the horseman wakens . . .

“I write to keep from getting lost.”  – Quotation from Peggy Pond Church (Trails over the Pajarito)


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Peggy Pond Church. The House at Otowi Bridge. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1959, 1960.

Peggy Pond Church. This Dancing Ground of Sky. Santa Fe: Red Crane Press, 1993.

Peggy Pond Church. Accidental Magic. Albuquerque: Wildflower Press, 2004.