Possum: Tales from the Hidden Wood

by Kenneth Lumpkin (Author)

As twilight fell over Hidden Wood, Possum and friends united for magical tales of adventure and friendship.

Book Description:​

THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED RIGHT NOW! PERFECT FOR ANYONE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LOVE ANIMALS! Hidden Wood is a place ADULTS can go and have lots of fun…without anyone ever knowing! Meet Possum, Sofi, Clifford the Crow, Ricky Rabbit and all the others. They’ll take you where you’ve never been before and you won’t ever want to come back!

About the Author

Kenneth Lumpkin (Author)

Kenneth Lumpkin is an educator, writer, poet, musician, Freemason and activist. He has published four collections of poetry to date: “Gather the Ashes”, 1984, winner of the Louis Ginsberg Memorial Fellowship from the Chaucer Guild, “Song of Ramapough: A Poetics of Place”, 2016, “Love Lake”, 2017 and “God Has Many Names and other poems”, 2018 and "Slip of the Tongue", 2019 NS "Possum: Tales from the Hidden Wood", 2021. He teaches anthropology online through three New Jersey state universities and resides in London, Ontario with his wife, Kim and cat, Molly. Song of Ramapough is a work that has some years behind it…38 as of this writing. It is a poetics of place. In this sense, it gets a lot of its direction and inspiration from Charles Olson’s Maximus Poems and William Carlos Williams’ Paterson. It was my intent when I started this project to write something that bespoke of the land, in this case, the Ramapo Mountain area of upper Bergen County, New Jersey and parts of Rockland and Orange Counties, New York. The idea was that it would be an environmental learning tool as well as a collection of poems. It is, in fact, one long poem to a particular place, the Ramapo Mountains. The personal hope was that if I got to know one distinct place on this planet intimately, I would also come to know the larger place, and therefore, the very Earth, itself.

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Possum: Tales from the Hidden Wood is one of those books that call to me from the nightstand & beckon me to dive back into a world from which I do not want to return. Those are my favorite kind of books. A visceral pleasure to read and one of those books you don’t want to end. I’m halfway through and have made a conscious decision to slow …way …down.