From the Tree Top

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About The Author

John Cardwell

Poems and Stories about Living, Dreams and Hope

John Cardwell harvests fertile ground anew
“A Hoosier farm boy who’s seen the world, a veteran of half a century of advocacy for the downtrodden, a schooled and lyrical writer who nevertheless longs to be “part of the chatter and the living ways beneath the tree,” John Cardwell in his latest books again draws from a deep inner well that is by turns refreshing, cleansing and wakening like a cold slap. An Indiana Passage and From the Tree Top, both collections of poems, fictional stories, autobiography and essays, showcase Indiana in its finest natural splendor and neighborly dignity while refusing to shy away from its historical and continuing failures in human justice and stewardship of creation. His melodious, conversational verse and page-turner prose take us as far as Sudan and the ethereal territory of quarks, returning faithfully to the land of boyhood baseball, wise elders and prehistoric hunters—universe enough, under this painter’s broad yet tapered brush.”
—Dan Carpenter, long-time Indianapolis Star columnist and author of multiple books of poetry and essays regarding arts, culture, education and human justice

John Cardwell’s spiritual attachment for Indiana and its people
“John Cardwell’s two books, An Indiana Passage and From the Tree Top, make a significant statement in the confidence with which he presents his most personal relationship to events, people, and feelings. His skill to evoke empathy, in a poem or short story, so he and the reader feel the same emotions astounds me. Together with John’s earlier work, The Good Road Home, these books form an Indiana trilogy that demonstrates a spiritual attachment to and insight for the place and its people. John Cardwell is a strong advocate for Indiana and the Midwest, and I applaud his defiant loving boldness.”
—Dr. Donald D. Hochstetler, Hoosier sage, European historian, and author of articles and books on theology and historical research

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