Language of the Spirit – Selected Poems by Rhea Harmsen is now available.

In preparation for the release of a new poetry collection (Children of the Half Light) I am liquidating my last 30 copies of my first booklet, Language of the Spirit.

LANGUAGE OF THE SPIRIT is a 68 page collection of 25 poems. They are powerfull poems on topics as diverse as our personal and national relations:

But it is you who feed me,
my sorrow you lift
with your silent wisdom
your anonymous gifts.
Love thy neighbor,
a flame barely alive.
Each other’s savior,
we hold back the tide.
(from “We Feed Each Other”)

My hungry hands will seize this thorny rose
and plant it in this barren soil.
I give you here my solemn oath
for a tenuous hope of a tomorrow.
(from “Peace Treaty”)

to poems of personal exploration of the psyche,

The dragon of fear is a steady opponent.
Though daily I wrestle
he cannot be bested.
(from “Halloween Poem”)

Is there a rhythm to be measured and found,
a symphony awaiting the ear of the sage?
Do poems and verses there abound
Do glorious melodies crash in the spray?

and visceral expositions of our history as in the epic poem “On Restitution and Absolution”

The gang children of today, you see, who live by hatred’s rule
Only mimic what was learned in our forefather’s school.
When they led that Cyclops, Slavery, where our trusting feet did play,
To the offspring of that monster they did sentence us as prey.
They enslaved their children’s children in a trackless round of hate.

and these lines from “Chastity”

You, who never punished the true violators,
never asked an account from the seducers,
would chain both the bodies and minds of women

But most of all, it is the sense of hope that we hear in the beat of poems like “Isaiah’s Longing”

Climbing up a mountain
they are coming,
all the nations coming.
Up white steps of marble
beat of drumming, water humming

that reel us in to this collection that hears the “Language of the Spirit,” examines the “Spirit of the Age” and speaks the “Language of Love.”


About rheaharmsen

Rhea Harmsen is a scientist, novelist and author of Language of the Spirit, a volume of selected poems. She has also released three novels, The Harvest of Reason, Intermarry, and God Created Women. Harmsen was born in a family with a black father and a white mother at a time when interracial marriage was still illegal in some states. Her parents gave her a vision of world citizenship that informs her writing and her lifestyle and has caused her to reject traditional views of race and gender. Harmsen's article "Science in the Hands of Women: Present Barriers, Future Promise" appeared in World Order in 1998 and provides the foundation for the story line for her novel The Harvest of Reason. She co-published the Monroeville Race Unity Forum Bulletin and authored many poems on racial topics, crystallizing the "conversation on race" in the novel Intermarry. Her work with domestic violence survivors in Puerto Rico inspired the novel God Created Women. Harmsen holds a doctorate in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently resides in Puerto Rico. Upcomming projects are described in her web page at
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1 Response to Language of the Spirit – Selected Poems by Rhea Harmsen is now available.

  1. Wandra says:

    Congratulations, Rhea on publishing The Language of the Spirit. We have been sharing your poems for a long time and are now happy that so many others will be able to experience them firsthand. How lucky we are!!

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