Outside After Dark: New & Selected Poems


The lake is quiet today,
bereft of wind,
even of breeze,
the blue of the sky
laid out on the surface.

The heavens then
beneath our feet
we steer the canoe
as though by stars

reaching with our paddles
for the sweet, dark deep,
pulling hard against this life,
against death

until the celestial waters
open to us
and the wake
murmurs our names.

"The thing about poetry, at least for me, is that it needs to resonate in some deep place in my consciousness, indeed in my subconscious, and make me recognize something about myself or the universe that, somewhere deep inside, I already knew but needed the poem to help me bring it from its subterranean regions to the surface. It's much like music: multilevel, abstract, highly emotional, totally necessary. Susan reaches into my deepest memory. She sings with a calm but passionate voice, the voice of an artist who has accepted the joy and pain of living, who finds meaning in that human experience. To me these poems are mysterious and yet familiar. She speaks and the music of truth sings."
--Marlon Davidson

Selected Works

Field Guides
Prevention and Treatment of Lyme Disease and Other Ailments Caused by Ticks, Scorpions, Spiders, and Mites; a Falcon Guide.
Prevention and Remedies; A Falcon Guide
Trail Guide
• Accurate and useful information for accessing the trail with ease and enjoying it safely. * Maps and mileages * Trailhead and parking information * Mile-by-Mile descriptions * Campsites * Trail service towns * Loop trails for easy-access, shorter hikes * Geology, animals, plants and seasons on the trail * Itasca State Park & Maplewood State Park * Using the trail * Safety on the trail
Natural History
This comprehensive guide to Zizania palustris tells the story of North America’s only native grain, from its emergence in the western Great Lakes area to its use in today’s kitchens. The book demystifies the purchasing of wild rice—Black, brown? Long grain, short grain? Lake rice, river rice? US rice, Canadian rice?— clarifies cooking options, and proposes wild rice as a fast food (cook a full pound and freeze in small packets). The recipes range from simple soups to gourmet entrees and food for a crowd. Skyhorse Publishing 2014
Spring time is sugaring time in northern Minnesota where author Susan Carol Hauser and her husband tapped maple trees and made maple syrup for many years. In this affectionate memoir, Hauser evokes the feelings of being in the woods and out of time, living to the rhythm of sap dripping into buckets and snow melting in the warm air. She grounds her personal experience in stories of Native American traditions, provides instruction for backyard sugaring, and offers recipes for today’s kitchen, including microwave maple candy and maple syrup pie. The warmth and promise of the sugaring fire are carried in the story and in Hauser’s memorable prose, that illuminates like sunlight piercing a jar of amber maple syrup. Skyhorse Publishing 2014
New Nonfiction
A creative nonfiction narrative about the nature of water in motion and the transformative influence of rivers in our lives, based on a trip down the Mississippi River.
"Words and images gleaned from ... the heart of the poet...."
--Helen Bonner
"We turn to poems for solace, wisdom, comfort, joy.... "
Transform your personal history into a compelling and meaningful narrative.
Graceful meditations dotted with humor, complemented by the delicate art of Californian Barbara Van Arnam.

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