• A Lush Garden

    Enter this book, this Flower Map, through “the gates -- a mosaic of longing” into a lush garden, alluring and sensual. Experience the “rupture, rapture.” Deborah Leipziger has invented new forms of intimacy.
    ~ Judith Steinbergh, Author of Writing My Will

    Cover of Flower Map by Deborah Leipziger
  • Orchid Photo by Kathryn Reed

    Photo by Kathryn Reed

    Key of Flower

    Deborah Leipziger writes in the key of flower in the same way that Beethoven composes in the key of fate or Renoir paints in the key of dance. The poems themselves flower, regardless of subject; one feels drawn into the geography of their flowering and ours. Flower Map is more than just a chapbook, it is a handbook to a way of contemporary blossoming that only this voice, this soul-cartographer, could survey and gracefully, graciously provide.
    ~ Wayne-Daniel Berard, Co-Founder/Co-Editor, Soul-Lit.com, a journal of spiritual poetry.

  • Poems of Desire

    In Flower Map, Deborah Leipziger writes poems of desire and poems of maternal love with equal candor. She portrays intimate moments with the immediacy of a flower, making tangible the sights and scents that pervade our daily lives.
    ~ Jennifer Barber, Editor of Salamander, Author of Given Away and Rigging the Wind

    Lily Photo by Jackie Lucia Leipziger Mundis

    Photo by Jackie Lucia Leipziger Mundis

  • Iris Photo by Allie Nicole Leipziger Mundis

    Photo by Allie Nicole Leipziger Mundis

    Transcendence

    In Flower Map, the lines are drawn with ink contained in a heart that is filled with light, a transcendence rooted in a faith in beauty. These are the poems crafted while following the trail of love through explorations of our humanity. In this impressive first collection, Leipziger shows her faith in the delicate and vulnerable as enduring qualities in our lives.
    ~ Afaa Michael Weaver, Simmons College, Author of The Plum Flower Dance

About the Author

Deborah Leipziger

Deborah Leipziger is an author, poet, and editor. Her chapbook, Flower Map, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have been featured in Ibbetson Street, Voices Israel, Bagels with the Bards, Scribblers on the Roof, and The Muddy River Poetry Review. Ms. Leipziger is the co-editor and co-founder of Soul-Lit, an online journal for spiritual poetry. She is the author of several books on human rights and the environment, including The Corporate Responsibility Code Book, published by Greenleaf in 2010. Her books have been translated into Portuguese, French, Korean, and Chinese. Born in Brazil, Deborah has lived in the UK and the Netherlands and now resides in Brookline, MA. In 2014, Deborah's poem "Written on Skin" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Flower Map

The flamboyant tree is my sign:
turn towards the path
hidden by jasmine.

A black bird accompanies me
past fronds
and thorns
the gates a mosaic of longing.

Peeling trees
reveal layers of green maroon bark
Yes, this is the path.

Are those frangipani, flowers falling
inverted onto the sidewalk
a core of yellow? Magenta

bougainvillea
spills out over the roof
lush and wild in its joy.

San Juan 2010

Note: This poem was published previously in Popt Art.

Flower Map - poetry by Deborah Leipziger

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