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'The Time of Irises'

Mar 21, 2016
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by Jennifer Fallein

There is the dark one
with that sheen
of fluorescent green
the impossible color
of a male mallard's neck in sun.
And there is the salmon one

When former foreign correspondent Lola Wicks heads to Wyoming for a Yellowstone vacation, she comes across a story that hits close to her past. One Wyoming soldier returning from Afghanistan commits suicide, two others spark a near-fatal brawl, and a woman is terrorized. Lola, accompanied by her young daughter, senses a story about whatever happened on the far side of the world that these troops have brought so disastrously home. But she soon realizes that getting the story must take second place to getting herself—and her little girl—out of Wyoming alive.

Macmillion Publishers

The first line sets the tone for this lovely story: “Buckley and his mama lived in a small wooden house by the sea. They didn’t have much, but they always had each other.”

Boats for Papa is a story about a young boy longing for his father. It is also the story of how that boy deals with his grief and the ways in which his mother supports his emotional process.

'rainy afternoon'

Mar 14, 2016
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by Lowell Jaeger

we lay with our legs entwined
breath to breath
mattress on the floor
candle-nub sputtering
on the nightstand

windows crying cold rain

our ghosts of persistent forebodings
we couldn't fend off
for long in the troubled face
of imminent consequence
headed our way...

cover image credit : Tom Mangelson / Rizzoli Publications

Celebrating the most famous family of grizzly bears in the world — specifically matriarch 399 and her offspring — renowned nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has been tracking and photographing these bruins of Greater Yellowstone for 10 years, amassing an incomparable portfolio that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of this celebrated bear family.

Sasquatch Books

Crow has a question: “Could it possibly be you’re like me?”

Bartholomew Quill: A Crow's Quest to Know Who's Who is a story about a crow flying through the animal kingdom in the Pacific Northwest, talking to other creatures who live there. He's looking for clues to his own identity.

Award-winning author Thor Hanson's writing style is flowing and poetic, which makes it fun to read aloud. Hanson is a biologist who has transferred his adult knowledge about the animal kingdom to this beautiful book for young readers.

'Insomnia'

Mar 7, 2016

by Bruce Morton

The shepherd has taken leave,
a no account. Wild
and wooly are the sheep,
coutless to the nth power—
flocking sheep, herds, hordes,
at warp speed,
insulating the crimped brain
from respite.

Instead,

Every day for many years, Tyler Knott Gregson has written a simple haiku about love, and posted it online. Since 2009, his poetry has attracted hundreds of thousands of online followers from around the world. His new book, All The Words Are Yours, presents Tyler’s favorite haiku poems, some previously unpublished, accompanied by his signature photographs, which capture the rich texture of daily life. This collection follows his first book, Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series, which was published in 2014

Knoff Books for Young Readers

The Tree in the Courtyard Looking Through Anne Frank’s Window
by Jeff Gottesfeld and illustrated by Peter McCarty
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
March 2016

'Life at the pace of Secola'

Feb 29, 2016
Secola
Sam Manno

Jet black, coal black, midnight black now unassuming but present.  Her walk strained, each step deliberate. Last winter her urine stained the snow red (ish) (brown).

Once a queen; at our last visit her herd no longer (recognizable); the favorite of Evelyn, not a favorite.

She outlived her usefulness (there), now just another to feed, emotions do not factor in
in a practical life.

Her life wrestled from death…from a bullet passing through the back of her skull to her mouth.

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