Swoosh of Heron Wings
NEW MEXICO WOODWORKER AND POET RAY JOHNSON grew up in Milwaukee during the fifties and earned his BA from the University of Wisconsin. In the early eighties, he moved to Albuquerque. For many years, Johnson taught and coached in the Albuquerque Public Schools. A life-long gardener, outdoorsman, craftsman, and furniture maker, Johnson has been writing his reflective poems for some fifty years. He brings to realization for the first time the harvest of his lyrical search for deeper meaning and the simple revelations offered through his intensive exploration of his experience—encounters with magical coyotes, walks on the desert mesas, the beguilement of the anima—these are some of the trails Johnson follows in his on-going poetic pursuit. Ray Johnson lives with his partner Sharon in the city of Rio Rancho on the escarpments overlooking the Rio Grande valley.
Ray Johnson’s poet voice does not have to yell. In his quiet assurance, Johnson’s The Swoosh of Heron’s Wing captures the poet’s inner dialogue with the outer world, an intermediation between reflection and action engaged through the music of language.
“Acknowledge, accept, expand,” writes Ray Johnson, laying out his poetic program in Swoosh of Heron Wings. In lyrically charged language Johnson acknowledges the power of poetry to expand consciousness. By turns wise, beautiful, & perceptive, Johnson’s poetry is pleasure to the ear.” --John Tritica