Last Train to the Missing Planet

Expect the unexpected, while being entertained, engaged, inspired: experience the always present but rarely recognized miraculous moments of our everyday lives in this anticipated third collection from Kim Dower.

Acclaimed for combining the accessible and profound, Kim Dower’s poetry has been described by The Los Angeles Times as “Sensual and evocative . . . seamlessly combining humor and heartache,” and by O Magazine as “unexpected and sublime.” Her third collection, Last Train to the Missing Planet, rockets forward in this trajectory, taking us on a journey to places we’ve often visited but never seen. Buy a ticket and hop aboard: experience love, longing, and passion tipped sideways; irreverent, touching, and disarmingly sexy as illuminated by an original and brilliant light. Lose yourself in the unexplored sensations of the ordinary in this engaging year of moments, both comforting and terrifying–and always extraordinary.


“These poems speak in the voice of an old, trusted friend who knows you, who has come to visit and remind you of who you are and what a life is all about. They speak not of the highs and lows, but about the grey space between tragedy and tenderness, memory and loss, fragility and perseverance–that space where the soul and the truest self live.”—Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet

“What a pleasure it is to settle into Kim Dower’s latest collection. Dower’s poetry creates a quiet space around itself, full of worldly, humorous insights into life as it is.”—Janet Fitch

Diagonal pop-stylized lettering reads Last Train to the Missing Planet by Kim Dower over the image of a antique looking train speeding down a railway while a woman in a red dress watches.

Kim Dower ( Author Website )

Publication Date: March 29, 2016

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Red Hen Press

$17.95 Tradepaper

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ISBN: 978-1-59709-353-8