by Nina Serrano
Published by Estuary Press at Smashwords
Copyright 2011 Nina Serrano
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2011 Preface to the 2011 Edition
How exciting for me and I hope rewarding for you, that Heart Songs is reborn in an online electronic edition. This collection of poems born and raised in the twentieth century with its heedless chopping of trees is resurrected into the paperless twenty-first century.
The original print edition emerged from the excitement and creative energy of the 1960’s and 1970’s. This edition evolves from the global belief that a new world is possible, based on respect for Mother Earth and making our planet sustainable. It is not an easy struggle but one we cannot back away from.
We need great courage, steadfastness and imagination to find new ways to live in harmony with each other as part of the environment not as an exploiter or subjugator. Poetry can help open that space. I hope these poems through their simple sharing of ideas and feelings can help. We kept to the original version except where the technical requirements of this medium demanded an adjustment.
This e-version of Heart Songs will be the first volume of a forthcoming trilogy of my poems covering 1969 to 2011. Heart’s Journey will be a selection from my writings during the last two decades of the twentieth century. Heart Strong will draw from poems written during the twenty-first century.