On the surface, Alice Marie Krayenbraak has it all: she’s beautiful and witty, a star student and a gifted athlete. But nothing is as it seems: the family farm is failing, Alice’s mother awaits the apocalypse, her parents are planning to send her special-needs sister away—and Alice has just fallen in love.
A Journey Beyond the Oiled Pelican and Into the Heart of the Gulf Oil Spill
Winner of the Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment
After the Deepwater Horizon well was capped in 2010, most reporters and government officials turned away from the unfolding narrative: the story was over. But for one writer the unimaginable amount of oil spilled into the ocean was only the beginning—initiating a journey into the heart of Gulf country and an exploration of the wildlife and humans who call it home.
A grim prognosis, brain cancer, leaves the speaker in this collection fighting for her life. The winner of the 2012 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry creates from loss a dreamlike reality: Odessa, “roof of the underworld,” a refuge at once real and imagined, resembling simultaneously the Midwestern prairie and a mythical god-inhabited city.
In the fall of 1944, the Red Army encircled Budapest, and the ensuing months witnessed one of the most brutal sieges of World War II. Richly grounded in this historical trauma and its extended aftermath, the stories in this collection illuminate the horror and absurdity of war with wit and subtlety.
A stunning, intricate collection of forty lyric essays juxtaposing natural history, ancient texts, folk heroes, and found objects. Moving from cemeteries to parks—and always cast in the light of the author’s Southern upbringing—this is a collection written with a poet’s lyricism, a scientist’s precision, and a theologian’s understanding of the world as it shifts around us.
Navigating both depression and the search for inspiration, this collection sits at the threshold between faith and doubt, the visible and the invisible, the physical and the metaphysical. These poems find us at our most vulnerable, the moment when we—believers and nonbelievers alike—must ultimately pause to question the uncertain fate of our souls.
These are poems rooted in the flatlands and lowlands: the Midwestern lawns, fields, lakes, and creeks of the author’s childhood, and the farms, canals, and seascapes near her family home’s in Holland. And from these seemingly empty spaces—and the absences found there—this collection morphs into an unforgettable investigation of longing and loss, love and doubt.
When Tom Serafino’s twin sister, Teagan, suffers a debilitating brain injury, a police investigation implicates his playmate’s uncle, Shoe. Innocent of the crime but burdened by his own childhood tragedy, Shoe takes the blame—inviting the question of whether a lie born from resignation, fear, and love can transform tragedy into hope.
Simultaneously occupying past, present, and future, this collection suffuses image with memory and darkness with abundant light. In these masterful translations—printed alongside the original Vietnamese—the poems sing out with the wisdom that comes to those who have lived through war, traveled far, and seen a great deal.
Full of youth, wonder, and imagination, this collection crosses distances and generations to celebrate the lives of women, and the bonds that bring them together. In these poems, the female body rises from a foundation of stars; songbirds are cut from paper and stormy light; and letters arrive, and disappear, mysteries contained within.