"Keith Dittrich is both a man of the land and a poet of the world. He has skirted death and drought but can also recount the magic of a Sunday morning in Bangkok or a walk through Harvard Square. He explores with exquisite detail the possibility of a broken heart made new from tiny shards. With this beautiful book Keith Dittrich returns, in his words, the favor of his salvation." -Susan Ford Wiltshire, Professor of Classics Emerita: Vanderbilt University, Author, Speaker, Activist, Artist
Keith Dittrich is a farmer who relies on nature and the nature of farming for inspiration, and reflection. In a diverse collection of verse, he explores. The vistas from his farm in the green farmland of Nebraska, offer deep growing perspective. He studies love, pain, loss, beauty, and joy. His vision of the world is hopeful, yet filled with worry and laments about it's direction. The allegory "Plums on the Wall", very well could have been written by those who are now stuck staring at the wallpaper of the space they live, while waiting the current pandemic out. Yet, it was written well before. Though, with a clear understanding of the risks as our country veers towards political disaster .
Agrarian Nebraska sits within the heartland of the nation. Harvesting a feeling of the nature of life here; as a launching place into the unknown. Here the world turns no matter what happens. For it must. Open spaces, changing skies, setting suns, stormy days- and times, offer perspectives. It is a place of respite. Let Dittrich take you there through the imagery of words, written honesty, and deeply.
Ace, would have it that he is the best farm dog around! The farm's history is filled with beauty and -heartbreak. Somehow, Ace knows the whole story. Yet, he's all about himself- until he slowly realizes his love for his master and the land is what it's really about, especially after tragedy strikes. Coming soon in 2020!
What if we could look into the eyes of another being, and know what it was thinking. Eyes; mirrors which we can see ourselves. Our world, the living, and material nonliving, all has something to say. We should listen.
Dittrich's travels through the political landscape of agricuture and food production, sent him to far away lands. It also carried him to Washington DC many times as a social activist and farm advocate. He marched, led, testified and lobbied for the rights of working class family farmers who struggles seemed unfair, and that went against the American Dream. For even on his own farm, the history of heartbreak, and loss runs deep. Dittrich was asked to contribute to this book; speaking for farmers of the globe, who have more in common, than anything else.