Anne Coray is the author of Bone Strings (Scarlet Tanager Books); coauthor of Lake Clark National Park (Alaska Geographic Association); and coeditor of Crosscurrents North: Alaskans on the Environment (University of Alaska Press). Her poetry has appeared in The Southern Review, Poetry, North American Review, Connecticut Review, The Women’s Review of Books, in several anthologies, and on the Verse Daily web site. She has been a finalist with White Pine Press, Carnegie Mellon, Rooster Hill Press, Water Press & Media, and Bright Hill Press. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Coray is the recipient of grants and a fellowship from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and an individual artist project award from the Rasmuson Foundation. She lives at her birthplace on remote Qizhjeh Vena (Lake Clark) in southwest Alaska.
In these lyrical meditations on fame and death, Anne Coray celebrates the making of art and the gifts of language while reminding us that worldly pursuits are folly. These are poems for the bereaved, to be read at funerals and wakes or during the course of any ordinary day, offering insights on loss and longing that are oddly comforting. Oddly, because there are deep and oftentimes contradictory emotions at play here, but also hard-won reconciliation.