About the Book
The 45 remarkable poems by Mylo Schaaf are paired with striking photographs by her mountaineer son, Alex Lowenstein, who passed on unexpectedly in his twenties. To those who must endure such shocking new reality, she brings compassion, beauty, and spiritual connection.
Her poems reveal a mother’s great heart and the love she shares with her son for granite peaks and untracked desert. Each photograph provides a pause from grief and allows us a glimpse of something we want and cannot name.
Mylo Schaaf trained as a journalist, editor, and physician, before taking a left turn into poetry. Before everything changed, she was a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco, teaching and mentoring students in international, low-resource settings. Her commitment to global health grew out of her work and connection with India, the Americas, Liberia, Haiti, and China. Then one day, a shocking phone call collapsed this pursuit of engagement and action. Her 24-year-old son, a mountaineer/peace-and-conflict scholar/veteran, had passed away. Poems demanded to be written. They brought relief and healing, as did warm, grassy hills, tree spirits, and arms of sky. Years wandered past. Poems continue to emerge, as the tangles of our days slip into light.