Helen Wickes

In Search of Landscape

“Like a month’s worth of hikes through buzzing meadows and mulchy woods, these poems soothe and awaken us. A solitary, attuned, painterly mind roams inner and outer landscapes, probes, explores, jokes, tries personas on for size, bears witness. Joy and wit, the curious and contemplative abound. And the mind to which we have privileged access here does justice to the worthiest of missions: ‘to praise / everything before it ends.’ ” —Amy Gerstler, author of Ghost Girl

Helen Wickes lives in Oakland, California, where for many years she worked as a psychotherapist. She has a Ph.D. in psychology and an M.F.A. from the Bennington Writing Seminars, where she was the recipient of the Jane Kenyon scholarship. Her poems have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Runes, Santa Clara Review, 5 a.m, Pleiades, and other journals. In Search of Landscape is her first book of poetry.

 009-bw_In Search of Landscape by Helen Wickes


Publication date: 2007

paper / 96 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9767642-4-3

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In the April, 2014 edition of Sagarana, read “Caravaggio’s Burial of Saint Lucy,” translated into Italian by Pina Piccolo. English version follows. The poem is from Moon Over Zabriskie.

Helen has three poems, “Harrow,”Still Life on the Road to Los Ojos,” and “The Vagrant Spirit,” published in the Spring 2014 edition of the Citron Review.

Helen has two poems, “Strategies in Pink,” and “Medicine Chest,”  published in Pirene’s Fountain.”Strategies in Pink,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Helen’s poem, “Still Life With Sand in a Picture Locket,” was published in December 2013 volume of The Dos Passos Review.

Sagarana, the Italian journal of prose and poetry, recently featured Helen’s poem “Still Life With A Halter In Its Hand,” in Italian, with the English original. To read her work on Sagarana, please click on poesia, and find Helen Wickes’ name.

Helen has four poems (“Occultation,” “Another Saturday Night,” “Solstice Freeze,” and “Watershed”) in Tower Journal, Spring/Summer 2013.

Read Helen’s poems “Reminders to My Biographers” and “Shame” in Crack the Spine, issue sixty-eight.

Helen has four poems in the Fall 2012 issue of Minetta Review: “The Heart Waking Up Braids Her Hair,” p. 27; “Frost, then Ice,” p. 46; “Sense of Direction,” p. 60; and “Driving West after Sunset,” p. 74.

Helen’s poem “Driving West After Sunset” can be found at Summerset Review in the fall 2012 issue.

Helen’s poems “Frost, Then Ice” and “Sense of Direction” appeared in the August 2012 edition of Splash of Red.

Helen’s poem “The Dowser’s Apprentice” can be read online in the August 2012 Agni.

Helen’s poem “Roofers” appeared in the July 2012 edition of PANK.

Helen’s poem “The Heart Waking Up Braids Her Hair” appeared in the summer 2012 Corium.

Three of Helen’s poems have been published in the Summer 2012 edition of Mary.

Helen’s poem “What Is Implanted In The Body” can be read in the April 2012 issue of decomP magazineE.

Read five of Helen’s poems at FRIGG Magazine, issue 35, winter 2012, www.friggmagazine.com.

Helen’s poem “A Moon Rock of Your Own” is available at Forge, issue 5.3.

“Crossing the Whole Country” is on TriQuarterly Online, issue 121, Winter/Spring 2012.

Helen’s poem “Single Thread” was the featured poem on Poetry Daily for December 12, 2011 (www.poetrydaily.org)

Two of Helen’s poems appeared in the online version of Amarillo Bay literary magazine, “Earning My Keep,” and “An Intelligent Design.”

Links to Helen’s poems in the following online journals can be found here: Barnstorm Journal, Verdad Magazine, Softblow, Eclectica, Coe Review, SLAB, Folly Magazine, Griffin, The Journal, and Sanskrit.

An interview with Helen appears in The Collagist, the blog published by Dzanc Books.

Helen is featured in the online journal Softblow for the month of November, 2010.

Helen is a featured poet at the website From the Fishouse where five of her poems and a short interview can be both heard and read.

Helen’s AGNI Online poem “The World As You Left It” was chosen for The Best of the Web 2009 (Dzanc Books).

Read about Helen and Nina Lindsay in the April 20, 2007 issue of the Contra Costa Times.