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Of Earth

by John Daniel

Reflecting Daniel’s deep affinity for the land and lives of the given world, Of Earth offers poems of praise that do not deny suffering and death but find them essential to the vast, intricate and mysterious territory of being. “Nature,” he writes in his introduction, “means having been born—microbes, humans, the entire cosmos itself, with all the living, dying, love, loss, joy, horror, beauty, and questions about ends and beginnings that the cosmos has so far evolved. Like all true literature, nature poetry belongs to the ongoing conversation the human community is conducting through time about who we are and where we have come from, about where we are and who our kinfolk are, about how we live and how we might live, about how our lives should matter.”

Old & Lost Rivers

by J.T. Ledbetter

Winner of the 2011 Idaho Prize for Poetry, selected by Ray Amorosi

Old & Lost Rivers is a collection of poems about people who have been beaten down by bad weather, poor crops, and little love save what their memories have put away, much like the clothes they came to each other in, now in a cedar chest or in the root cellar with potatoes, jars and eggs. Many of the poems are harsh, even cruel—poems John Van Doren has called, “a report of a vanishing world that was always achingly inarticulate and therefore of violent heart.”—yet there is release of one kind or another, through fantasy or revenge: often it comes in a tired acceptance of what is. And, as in life, there is the momentary humor. It is almost always short-lived, but it is there and it is honest.

Oyster Perpetual

by Austin LaGrone

Winner of the Idaho Prize for Poetry 2010, selected by Thomas Lux

Austin LaGrone has written a first book of exceptional singularity, wholeness, and focus of vision. He can be playful and tragic. His poems are deadly serious, even when they are funny, and he is unafraid of being understood. He is also unafraid of making fun of himself (or his persona) because he understands he is part of the great human joyful mess. He sings from right in the middle of it, he praises, he satirizes, his heart is broken yet he, his poems, still have hope.

—Thomas Lux

Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart

by Carlos Reyes

On the heels of The Book of Shadows; New and Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2009) comes Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart. In his fifth full-length collection, poet and translator Carlos Reyes offers a lyrical and sometimes surreal vision of our world. The edgy tone of this collection represents a departure from his earlier work, but the omnibus quality of this book offers something for everyone.

Retreats & Recognitions

by Grace Bauer

Grace Bauer has a rare power: whether it is the appearance of Mormon missionaries at her door or finding an answer to an eight year old boy’s question, “What’s Nebraska?” she transforms life into perfect poems. In this collection, her poems connect to the world through personal history (days spent in Nebraska, New Orleans, and Greece) and popular culture (Blanche Dubois, Norma Jean Baker and Dorothy, formerly of Oz, all make guest appearances) in ways that combine the comic and the elegiac. . . .

—Jesse Lee Kercheval

Rust Fish

by Maya Jewell Zeller

Maya Jewell Zeller’s first collection of poems chronicles a speaker’s tentative relationship with humans versus her comfortable loyalty to the natural/animal world. Through the experiences of the young woman narrator, the reader comes to understand a parallel between femininity and nature, especially as each are exploited by humankind. The conceit of the amorphous rust fish extends throughout the manuscript in a series of five title poems, each in some way exemplifying the malleability of life, as well as in other poems throughout the series which allude to decomposition and cycles of birth and death, along with myriad related themes.

Sailing Away

by Richard Morgan

The moment you think you see where Sailing Away is going to take you, I promise: you don’t. These deft, sometimes daft, consistently darksome stories are as impossible to outguess and bewilderingly interesting to ride as the postmodern Pacific that inspires them.

—David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and The River Why

Shaking the Kaleidoscope

by Kate Kingston

If Lorca and Neruda spoke through a feminine medium, they might do so through Kate Kingston. Her poems, like theirs, forge thrilling combinations from the colors, textures, and the objects of this world. They speak from the landscapes and voices of Spain and Old Mexico, which clearly have fed her imagination, but they offer, as well, glimpses of a contemporary American woman’s rites of passage now in full possession of her powers of empathy, devotion and perception.

—Leslie Ullman, author of Slow Work through Sand

Songs for a Summons

by David Guterson

Like those of Robert Frost—or Tu Fu—David Guterson’s poems often find transcendence in the natural world, in particular the mountain ranges and island landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

Tales of a Dalai Lama

by Pierre Delattre

Pierre Delattre’s joyful book, Tales of a Dalai Lama, records earthbound flights of the spirit, like a bridge over silence. Here is a work of fiction with language simple and beautiful, detailing the structure of the faith of the Tibetan people as seen through the eyes of the awestruck, funny, and wise Dalai Lama, sometimes old and sometimes young. Here is fiction at its best, sure in its footing, centered in writing as an art, fulfilling its own functions and overcoming its own obstacles, bearing the reader along a path of zen grabbers, belly laughs, and glimpses of enlightenment while experiencing the nobility of faith.

—Ed Swan, Pacific Northwest Review of Books