By turns irreverent, playful, and serious, Haltmaier’s poems explore the phenomena of daily life with a deft clarity that transforms the ordinary into the extra-ordinary. Brimming with nuance and surprise, To the Left of the Sun touches on the themes of solitude and union, love and letting go, and the redemptive power of nature. Haltmaier’s unflinching eye lays bare the hidden miracles in choosing a head of cabbage at the farmer’s market, taking a morning walk, or watching her mother’s decline into dementia. The everyday and the heartrending undergo a light-infusing alchemy in her hands. At its heart, To the Left of the Sun is a portal to a world where wonder, humor, and beauty can be found in even the most unlikely places.
The poems in Rolling up the Sky tell stories about mothers and daughters, about struggle, about grief but no matter how painful their occasions, these poems are full of warmth and humor. Haltmaier is so honest in her probing of experience and so attentive to the many minute phenomena of the world around her that to me, Rolling up the Sky seems like one long love poem to life itself. Brava! James Arthur, author of Charms Against Lightning