Emily Warn is a poet of kinship and harmony. And she often uses narrative to establish surprising relationships. Warn’s poems define a sensibility that is fully in focus, one that expresses a reverence for humanity and nature as two participants in a greater whole. Eschewing unnecessary artifice and the latest literary fads, she writes poems, it seems, only from necessity, from great faith in a possible world.
In selecting The Leaf Path for the 1981 King County Arts Commission Publication Project, Susan Griffin wrote: “Emily Warn’s poetry is feeling, moving, dealing with the powerful and deepest part of being, yet delicately, even precisely crafted. This is a new voice we will all be blessed for hearing.”
“Emily Warn’s poetry evinces an exuberant life tempered with quiet intellect and a restraint born of conflict—conflict between the amused and amusing curiosity of the public figure, and the hesitance of the provate self.” —Northwest Review
“A good first book in what I’m sure will be a long series of good books.” —David Wagoner
“These poems are a series of journeys, or one long journey.” —Northwest Passage
“The Leaf Path is a necessary addition to collections of poetry of women’s sensibility.” —Women Library Workers Journal
“To use a cliché, here’s a poet we must watch. The promise is great.” —Western American Literature