Feelings of isolation and losing one’s sense of identity are not uncommon in a world that puts a premium on superficial pursuits. In How To Quench A Thirst Born In The Wilderness, author Ophelia Brown invites readers on a poetic journey of rediscovering the self. Breathtaking in their range of subjects yet remaining always graceful in their immediacy, How To Quench A Thirst Born In The Wilderness is a striking literary celebration of life, the self and womanhood.
“Her poetry comes to life with courageous statements and confessions regarding love, spirituality, and life. It’s a book that dares you to explore life mentally and emotionally and is a strikingly bold adventure through a woman’s heart, mind, andsoul.”
-T.S. Wilkins, “Stand Again, Oh Weary Soul”
“It is a carefully crafted blend of classical and modern influences, feminism and post feminism.”
-Chris Hayden, AALBC
S.J. Heidelberg graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s in English, 2005 and her Master’s in Library Science, 2010. In addition to writing, she plays the violin and experiments with poetry performance. This collection of mostly free verse poems features imagery, sensory wording, and metaphor as well as simile. Her poems are by nature feminist—uplifting the woman as creator of love and as taking an active part in her own destiny. The poems are a young woman’s experiences which lead her from a thirst born in the wilderness to a life-affirming knowledge of self.
How to Quench A Thirst Born in the Wilderness by Ophelia Brown is not only a stunning book of poetry, but an absolutely profound work of wisdom and soulful honesty. There is a journey to be taken between the covers of every book, and Ms. Brown takes us on a journey through the emotions most of us have felt before but perhaps we cannot quite explain them. Perhaps such emotions have been passed off as a mystery, but this elegantly honest book of poetry unveils such passionately hidden truths about love. Love in all of its moments of joy and heartache can be felt throughout her strikingly affectionate work of poetic art. My favorite poems are, “Roses (or the lack thereof),” “I Love You Too,” “A Midnight Walk,” “Saintly Hands,” “Fire From a Midnight Star,” and “Kool-Aid Mona Lisa.” I have many favorites, and I am certain that any heart willing to take the journey between the covers of this wonderfully written book will have many favorites of their own.