Roger Dunsmore is a professor emeritus at the University of Montana, having taught from 1963 to 2013. His latest book, On the Chinese Wall: New & Selected Poems, gathers nearly 50 years of writing that is, according to the publisher, “informed by the lyric past of ancient Greece and the visionary traditions of ancient America. Here can be found a poem for a woman kissing all the icons in the Byzantine Museum and a poem for a trapper whose pet wolverine loved Oreos.”
Former Montana poet laureate Tami Haaland’s newest collection of poetry is What Does Not Return, called “exquisite and necessary” by Melissa Kwasny. “With ritual attentiveness, in small, deeply considered gestures, in words exchanged at the altar of grief, she shows us what it might mean to honor and celebrate what is given to us and what is taken away.”
Chris La Tray’s debut, One Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays from the World at Large, is a collection of observations and musings on various interactions with nature, whether encountered out among forests and rivers or along city streets. Inspired by writers like Jim Harrison, Ted Kooser and Mary Oliver, La Tray’s effort is to share equally, via both prose and poetry, the beauty and sorrow that comprise a life lived “in the world at large.”
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