"A writer is a person pushing a full cart from the farm to the people. Sexuality, gender, slavery, race, and history...a planet crying out for change: these are some of the wares this farmer has found growing on the land.... This book is the very garden and the farm of a body saying what it had to say, one day after another, one day to the next.... A poem is a relationship a person has with the resources that happen to be in the day."-from Samana's introduction
Samana (formerly Edward Bartok Barrata) is the author of several books of poems and books for children. He serves at The Sanctuary, home of The Northampton Group in Northampton, MA, where he distributes food, clothing, and furniture to those in need.