by Kierstin Bridger
First Published: November 2016
In lyric work that spans from the oil fields of Colorado to the hollers of Kentucky, Bridger’s All Ember pulls us through the burning embers of life itself. In these poems forests and bodies sing the rhythms and offer up the vistas that life affords us all. It is a gritty and truthful ode about roots that dig deep into the earth itself.
Praise for All Ember:
There is the map of who we are, and there’s another of whom we are supposed to be. But cartography is not taught to girls. So we take the wheel, hit the gas, and careen blindly past signs along the way: Slippery When Wet. Narrow Shoulder. Dead End. Suddenly we are women, unable to read the language of our own bodies, hear the tympani of our own hearts. In All Ember, Kierstin Bridger charts the course by dropping not breadcrumbs (we know how that one turned out), but hot, glowing coals. This elegant and gritty collection defies the three-part journey of the elevated, armored hero—bowing instead to daughters deep in moist forest duff, a way toward love that is not sailed, but crawled.
~ Amy Irvine author of Trespass winner of the Orion Book Award and the Colorado Book Award
Bridger, crafts for us a world that is filled with the memory of youth and its long reach into adulthood. These poems are crafted by a mother, a daughter, a woman whose vision is of the interwoven, the profound, the sacred, and the impure. These poems take us from Kentucky to Colorado, from oil field to basketball court, from savory to sweet. She does what all great poets do, she moves her readers through fire, aching and fear toward healing. All Ember is, at its core, a series of odes to the body; Bridger, brings the feminine, the feminist and the female into a brilliant and inexhaustible light. Her sensory gifts are on full display in every poem; coupled with her brilliant ear, the succinct and subtle tones of these poems are unique and universal.
- aaron a. abeyta winner of the American Book Award and the Colorado Book Award for Colcha
Gorgeous, erudite and honest and... buxom. Electric with life really.” -Lisa Allen Ortiz Author of Guide to The Exhibit Winner of the Perguia Press Award
My feeling about Kierstin has been, from the first, that in being unafraid to speak the truth for and about herself, she has grown into a poet who is able, as real poets must, to speak for all of the rest of us as well.
- David St. John author of New and Selected Poems nominated for the National book Award
- Brand: Urban Farmhouse Press
- Product Code: 978-1-988214-10-8
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