Nancy's Poem of the Month - April 2014

This poem was chosen by John Eastham, a dear old friend of Nancy's. He quotes it often to "friends who get caught up in the tangled web of 'who am I' and 'am I headed in the correct direction.'"


What can I tell you of life? from Many Winters, 1974, by Nancy Wood


What can I tell you of life?
It comes hard-earned and beautiful.
It comes disguised and tricked.
It comes with laughter too.
What can I tell you of life?
My version of it is my own.
It does not belong to you.
Like trees, we have our common roots.
But our growth is very different.


Nancy's Poem of the Month - March 2014

As the cold and dark of winter is leaving us, I thought this poem about renewal and healing would be fitting for March. Chosen by Sydney Mandel, Nancy Wood's granddaughter.


My Help Is in the Mountain, from Hollering Sun, 1972, by Nancy Wood


My help is in the mountain
Where I take myself to heal
The earthly wounds
That people give to me.
I find a rock with sun on it
And a stream where the water runs gentle
And the trees which one by one give me company.
So must I stay for a long time
Until I have grown from the rock
And the stream is running through me
And I cannot tell myself from one tall tree.
Then I know that nothing touches me
Nor makes me run away.
My help is in the mountain
That I take away with me.


Nancy's Poem of the Month - February 2014

This is probably Nancy's most famous poem. Her family read it at her bedside right after she passed away in March 2013.


Hold on To What is Good, from Many Winters, 1974, by Nancy Wood


Hold on to what is good
even if it is
a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe
even if it is
a tree which stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do
even if it is
a long way from here.
Hold on to life even when
it is easier letting go.
Hold on to my hand even when
I have gone away from you.


Nancy Wood Dies at 76

Nancy passed away on March 12, 2013 at her home in Santa Fe, NM, due to cancer. She will be missed by her family, friends, literary associates, and fans. The memorial service is April 6, 2013, in Santa Fe. Please send any wild stories or fond remembrances about Nancy to info@NancyWood.com . We will share them in occasional blog posts.


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University of New Mexico Acquires Nancy Wood Photographic and Literary Archives

The Nancy Wood Literary Trust is pleased to announce the University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research has acquired the photographic and literary archives of Nancy Wood. The archive includes 25,000 negatives and work prints documenting the people of rural Colorado and New Mexico in the 1970s and 1980s as well as the original manuscripts and field notes for all of her books. The Nancy Wood Literary Trust will continue to retain copyrights until 2034 when those will pass to UNM. Please visit the Center for Southwest Research's digital collection .