Reclaiming the Apple: Poems from Afghanistan

Amundsen’s images are fierce and soft, alluring and alarming. They ask nothing and everything from the reader. They are a poetic calling to action rooted in awakening and prayer.

We are offered a journey for the price of this collection—we are given a moment in time to quiet our modern minds, to consider the deeper questions: What is the nature of war and peace, of reconciliation? Amundsen’s poems are a lyric lament and a stark reminder of the world we live in. These poems may evoke fear, but when the dream becomes a nightmare, maybe the only way through it is to encounter it directly and boldly, as the author does here. She transforms suffering into beauty.