From the moment of our first steps, our lives revolve around finding our way through the world. The paths we choose and the guides we trust can forever change our course. Mariner Holly J. Hughes has spent much of her life on the open sea, experiencing firsthand the practical and philosophical consequences of navigating through uncertain waters. In Sailing by Ravens, she gathers the wisdom gained from life on the ocean, creating an exquisite collection of poems. In Sailing by Ravens Hughes draws on her more than thirty seasons working Alaska waters and weaves personal experiences and her love of the sea with the history and science of navigation. The poems explore the excitement and confusion inherent in finding one's way in love and in life. They give insight into life in the Far North and as a fisherwoman in a heavily male profession. And they show that sometimes the best directions to follow are those that come from the natural forces in our lives. Hughes deftly navigates "the wavering, certain path" of a woman's heart, leaving a trail that will inspire readers in their own journeys.