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Cairn: New & Selectedby: Peggy Shumaker
Publication Date: May 2018
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Chosen with care, this volume represents forty years of poems and prose by Peggy Shumaker. Her distinctive cadences give voice to the landscapes and people of Alaska and Arizona. This work leads us deep into what remains unresolved, savoring mysteries of heart, mind, and soul. Matters of life and death, these poems embody exuberance and struggle and generosity.
"Shumaker uses words like an artist uses paint. Color, meaning, innuendo, and exclamation mingle, creating new colors, new nuances, new ways of seeing familiar objects. And her juxtapositions . . . are extraordinary."
—Libbie Martin, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
"Shumaker writes without blame, but with utter clarity and precision and story-telling skill about places on earth and our place among them—Alaska, Hawaii, the saguaro-studded desert—and about foxes, deer, swallows, who co-inhabit with us . . . about the father who wanted to fly, the mother who wanted to die. . . . Whatever Shumaker touches is thick with life, death, and the blessing of her words."
—Alicia Ostriker, author of The Book of Seventy, winner of the Jewish National Book Award
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