By Kierstin Bridger
"The history of the West has a submerged narrative. Beneath the story of conquest and destiny are stories of despair, desire, abuse and loss— women’s stories
that are finally given lyric voice in Demimonde. “This is the land/ where ladders fall away,” where hope and aspiration are used up, where lives are bought and sold.
These are stories of “our other selves/ selves we’d want saved.” With language that is sonorous, rich and compassionate, Bridger imagines these women back
to life, and when we see them lifted out of their oppression, we understand our history in a new way, not storied by men but storied and sung
by women, unmuffled, fierce, courageous and compassionate, finally liberated in a burst of gorgeous and sorrowful poetry."
By Jennifer Rane Hancock
A book of poems arising from the ephemeral sand islands of the Texas Gulf Coast and the wild child Australian outback where
Hancock was raised by itinerant artists. From the poem, September, 1976, Calm, "…the girls swayed their terrycloth hips/between
hurricanes/and held the railings and crooned/to the dolphins that all was safe…" The poems hearken to the childhood of an
almost mythological upbringing. From the milieu of that youth, the poems branch out into the wide world, with stops at the
Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, the HAARP antennae array in Gakona, Alaska, a view of Anne Sexton's
checkbook in a museum, to the difficult times in New Orleans after Katrina. The book embodies the hard journey
into the adult life where, despite everything, the poet comes to grips with being alive in the world. The last lines of the
final poem, "…If this had been a test the air/would be alive with sirens/and intent, the whooping cranes/startled but
resolute,/the promise of anything/redolent with oleander."
Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon
Edited By Rick Kempa and Peter Anderson
Going Down Grand, the first full-length anthology of Grand Canyon poetry, gathers the voices of cowboys, explorers, river-runners,
hikers, artists, geologists, rangers, and others whose words bear witness to this complex and magnificent place. For readers on the river,
the trails, the rim, or beyond, the poems on these pages will make fine canyon company.
The Siren World
By Juan J. Morales
"In The Siren World, Juan J. Morales explores the complexities of identity with grace and humor, passion and irony,
arcing across centuries through lessons never learned, voices never heard. Caught between multiple worlds, multiple identities both
mistaken and claimed, he offers a unique perspective that challenges many of our assumptions as readers. He may be someone 'who
speaks the native tongue' he’s 'never learned,' but he is fluent in the language of poetry. History does indeed come alive in these poems that
remind us that we are still living it, and reliving it, moving back, forward, then back again, no matter who we are—and, as Morales reminds
us, we’re all still trying to figure that out too."