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In Memory of a Banyan Tree: Poems of the Outside World: 1985 to 2022
Three Wooden Trunks
The Country Where Everyone’s Name Is Fear: Selected Poems


Finding the Top of the Sky

by James Grabill

. . . In the face of the escalating inanity and aridness of post-industrial life, the fine pieces in this volume insist that compassion triumph over cruelty, meditative clarity over bombast and spin. It is a great delight to feel the weight of Grabill’s conviction (along with his immense talent) and, with sea lions, lorikeets, giant ferns, and humpback whales, to follow it to the top of the sky, where it is so much easier to see what matters and what does not.

—Christopher Howell


by David Axelrod

David Axelrod’s new collection of poems, Folly, is perhaps his most personal, vivid and honest work to date. Taking Desderius Erasmus as his noble guide, Axelrod follows the road of folly, error and ignorance that constitute our common life.

Food Chain

by Janet Keiffer

Janet Kieffer penetrates with wicked clarity and intelligence the obese middle of Middle America. Her stories literally render the American Dream in its own excess. If pigs could read they would take Food Chain as the anthem of their liberation. Ms. Kieffer’s work is ruthless as satire, and irresistable as story-telling.


by Bruce Bond

Frankenstein’s Children explores Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as a lens into contemporary loneliness and hunger, fantasies of re-animation and artificial thought born of a dread that would deny or master the necessities that define us, join us, tear us apart.


by Stephen Gibson

Winner of the 2009 Idaho Prize for Poetry, selected by Carolyne Wright

In Frescoes, Stephen Gibson assumes the charge of the engaged tourist, paying his entry fee to the chapels and basilicas of Renaissance Florence and Padua and Rome in order to enter in to much more subversive premises: to see through the pigmented plaster and marble facades to the real-life consequences of original sin and human depravity depicted in these treasures of High Art. Gibson is a wised-up pilgrim in sanctuaries whose faith he cannot share. . . . Harsh and highly accomplished, these poems redeem the people from the paint, plaster and piety. They pull victims and perpetrators alike out of the history and myth of the treasures of Great Arts into the arena of our ongoing moral dilemmas, our struggles for survival as well as for the preservation of compassion and decency in a perennially fallen human world. After reading these poems, we will never again be able to stand before these mysteries of life and death and then, like too many tourists, merely check them off our guidebook’s must-see list. Stephen Gibson has created a sequence of poems with the same sweep and dimension as the art that inspired them.

—Carolyne Wright, Final Judge for the Idaho Prize for Poetry 2009

Friendly Fire

by Katrina Roberts

Friendly Fire—that accidental agent of injury or death to one’s own forces—lends its name to Katrina Roberts’ third collection, capturing the disquieting mix of innocence and violence central to the work’s exploration. Elemental and protean, fire appears throughout these lyrical glimpses, always a syzygial force; that which terrifies (or destroys) may be that which is necessary. These poems consider how both nurture and nature inform violent behaviors; how we must choose to see beauty in decay; how prayer has power even if we don’t know whom we’re addressing. Informed by the possibilities of the “American” sonnet, this sequence confronts inherent dangers in even the best-intended human gestures, and explores how we sustain faith in the face of such damage. Searching for sense in an often shattered world, limning a seam between personal and political, mining contradictions we must live within when so many people are at war, when hunger, disease and poverty are rampant, these poems forge a place where intentions and consequences are called into question; where silence is indeed profound and must be honored with apology, forgiveness and praise; and where—when facing mortality—one might sing in celebration.


by Danielle Pieratti

Punctuated by avoidance, disguise, sheltering, and escape, the poems in Fugitives combine the magical and the mundane, shifting between dreams and domestic life while exploring the murky confines of marriage, motherhood, and girlhood.


by Sam Hamill

Habitation collects the best poetry from a career spanning more than forty years by the distinguished Northwest poet-editor-translator, Sam Hamill. Drawn from fifteen volumes of celebrated poetry, whether in brief haiku-like poems or long-ranging narratives, Habitation presents a lyrical voice that is unique in American poetry today. Jim Harrison has declared, “Hamill has reached the category of a National Treasure,” and Hayden Carruth has written, “[His] poetry is no less than essential.”

Hiding from Salesmen

by Scott Poole

Scott Poole’s poems are witty, terse, irreverent, sad, and, mostly, totally unexpected. Hiding from Salesmen—such a great title, signals, accurately, original, delightful.

—Diana O’Hehir

Horse Tracks

by Henry Real Bird

Henry Real Bird breaks a lot of the rules my formal education taught me about writing poetry, but half of Henry’s education comes from somewhere else. When Crow is your primary language and your poetry is Crow spoken in English, the rules most likely get written as you go.

—Greg Keeler