Torn By Light
Western Literature and Fiction Series
The first collection of Joanne de Longchamps's poetry and collages that spans her entire writing and artistic career. A gifted collage artist and published poet, de Longchamps is widely regarded as Nevada’s foremost poet of the 1960s and 1970s. Sadly, she died in isolation in 1983. She was quoted as saying "Nevada hardly knows me as a poet." Eight of the author's collages are reproduced in the book in black & white. Edited by Shawn Griffin. Foreword by Harold Witt.
"Joanne de Longchamps was a beautiful woman and a beautiful poet. Her last years were all agony, but she had the courage of a tigress and she prevailed. I am so grateful to have this gathering of her poems."—Carolyn Kizer
"Joanne de Longchamps was quintessentially Nevadan. Her carefully crafted lines reflect the spare, yet oxymoronically rich intensity of our landscape, our people, our culture. These poems are honest, intelligent, beautifully crafted." —Gailmarie Pahmeier